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Once home to the worlds most brilliant photographic and film genius - Mr William Friese Greene. A true Father of Photography and Film.

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Comment by David Kastoryano on May 19, 2022 at 8:31

Mr. Friese-Greene raises so many issues one way and another - like why do so many old men from the 1890's all look like him?

To any serious student of film Mr. Frise-Greene is a fascinating man with so many film firsts - a worthy subject for anyone whose busines is researching the evoultion of early film.

Of course any serious student of film will tell you that is not a picture of Mr. Friese-Greene because Mr. Friese-Greene didn't pose for any known film.

So that can't be a picture of Mr. Friese-Greene after all and perhaps I need a new shiny pair of glasses or tell me why professor everywhere I look do I see images of Mr. Friese-Greene?

Comment by David Kastoryano on November 23, 2021 at 14:20

I have revised my entry and am grateful to John Winstone and Peter Domankiewicz.

Tis photograph now represents a house in College Street Bath once thought to be the home of William Friese Greene - A true Father of Photography and Film.

On blogs about Friese Green I see scant reference to Parkesine. I find that odd.

Comment by Peter Domankiewicz on November 22, 2021 at 17:15

John, thank you for the extra details, which I have noted. I would point out that I said nothing about the reason for the demolition. However, I did state that the house was demolished to extend car parking in the talk I gave in Bristol in 2019, which you kindly provided some images for and attended.

I must correct myself on one detail. Although it is stated in various places that the house was originally numbered 69, Kelly's directory for 1856 places James Green (father of William, who was born in 1855) as living at number 68. Plans of the area seem to confirm this.

Comment by John Winstone on November 22, 2021 at 14:45


I fear that Peter Domankiewicz does not have the story of F-G & College Street quite correct. As Reece Winstone said on the steps of no. 12 in his public address at the centenary of F-G's birth in 1955, and I repeated at the centenary of his death recently (see, the whole point was that 12 College Street was not demolished for the construction of Bristol Council House. It was demolished by the Corporation solely to augment a surface car park - as indeed the site remans today. It was the City Archivist, Miss Eliz. Ralph, at Reece's request, who checking the street numbers, found no. 12 was, in F-G's time, a double-fronted house at the northern end of College Street.  We still have its pennant threshold stone with us. See Reece Winstone's own coverage in blk & wh and colour in Bristol As It Was 1953-56, vol. 14.

Yrs etc., John Winstone 22nd Nov. 2021

Comment by Peter Domankiewicz on November 17, 2021 at 12:23

It was later established that this was not the house where William Green (later Friese-Greene) was born. The error came about because the street was renumbered, meaning it had been changed from 12 to 69. An image of the correct building, where a plaque was temporarily put up - before the row was demolished in 1958 - can be found here:

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