Fred's home and workyard was sadly left to go derelict after his untimely death, We have worked tirelessly to bring the site back to life, we have carried out a Major repair of Freds 50ft chimney and completely refurbished the stationary steam engine Fred intended to use to power the site, once we are back to steam this beaautiful engine will drive the whole site, machinery and all, there is one piece of the jigsaw missing, Fred's old boiler was beyond repair, so we need to raise the funds for a replacement reconditioned boiler to bring the amazing workyard of Dr Fred Dibnah MBE back to steam power so it will be the last remaining completely steam driven workyard left in the UK, visitors will be able to see all Fred's machinery working at full speed all driven by steam power. This site is an extremely important piece of English History and it is essential that it is preserved in as near as possible to its original form for future generations to experience.
For clarication, The Fred Dibnah Heritage centre is run as a private enterprise, however this crowdfunding effort is being run by the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre charitable trust which exists purely to assist in the preservation of Freds great legacy.
When you visit this amazing piece of genuine English history, you will see Freds 50ft chimney whie built himself and on which we had to carry out a Major repair 6 years ago as it was in danger of collapsing
You will also see Freds Mineshaft complete with heaadgear which he built himself
Here is the beautiful stationary engine we refurbed which was found around the back site in a very distressed state
You will also see this close up this piece of equipment which Fred made as part of his fantastic invention named "SPUTNIK" Fred ind this amazing structure to enable him to move his scaffolding structures further down a chimney when he was demolishing it brick by brick
He a lovely picture of Fred with his buddy Alf Molyneux who accmpanied Fred on his Famour "TOUR OF BRITAIN" as seen on BBC
here is Fred setting off the drive of his home which is where the Heritage Centre is based
And here is setting off for his fish and chips supper, the roads were too busy so he thought he would take a short cut
This project has been approved for funding through the Heritage + The Crowd match funding. It will receive a top up of 50% towards its fundraising target from Heritage Lottery Fund.