Bringing Fred Dibnah's back to steam

by Leon Powsney in Bolton

We did it
On 2nd May 2017 we successfully raised £7,490 with 100 supporters in 63 days

Fred Dibnah - Steam Power - Bolton - Heritage centre - Lancashire - Engineering - Victorian History -

by Leon Powsney in Bolton

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.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

A thank you for believing in my project! Limited edition FDHC lapel badge, to be worn with pride and show you are a supporter of the FDHC.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

A thank you for believing in my project! Limited edition FDHC lapel badge + Exclusive DVD with previously unseen footage of Fred Dibnah

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A thank you for believing in my project! Limited edition FDHC lapel badge + Exclusive set of 2 DVD's with previously unseen footage of Fred Dibnah and the Fred Dibnah Heritage centre

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Limited edition FDHC lapel badge + Free invitation to the Grand opening Back to Steam Event with strictly limited places, Make no mistake this will be a truly momentous occasion

£200 or more

£200 Reward

limited Edition FDHC lapel badge + Free overnight stay in Freds house, a unique and wonderful experience you will remember for years to come.

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