SD7109 : Fred Dibnah Statue

taken 6 years ago, near to Bolton, Great Britain

Fred Dibnah Statue
Fred Dibnah Statue
Fred Dibnah MBE was a Bolton-born steeplejack and eccentric whose love of mechanical engineering made him a cult TV personality (LinkExternal link Wikipedia article). This 8 foot high bronze statue was unveiled in April 2008. It stands at the corner of Oxford Street and Deansgate, in front of the Corliss Engine which was put in its case by Bolton Corporation in 1973 when the Newport Street and Oxford Street pedestrianised area was opened (SD7109 : Oxford Street, Bolton.

The plaque on the statue reads:
Fred Dibnah was a Bolton lad and proud of it.
He spent his life working on many of the town’s landmarks and shared his love of steam engines with millions of television viewers.

After his death in November 2004, it was decided to launch a fund to pay for a lasting tribute to recognise his achievements. Thousands of people, locally and nationally, made donations. Thank you to all those individuals, organisations, companies and steam enthusiasts who helped to pay for this statue to

(For the full text, see SD7109 : Plaque on Fred Dibnah's Statue)
Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre :: SD7208
Fred Dibnah MBE (1938 – 2004) was a well known steeplejack, TV personality and raconteur from Bolton. After his death, the new owners of his Grade II-listed house opened it, and the attached land, as “the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre”, displaying the remains of his collection of steam engines and other artefacts that he either collected or built such as the replica pit head gear and mine shaft, the forty foot brick chimney which he built for his boiler house, and his workshops and sheds. The centre opened to the public in 2010, but is expected to close early in 2018 with the house and contents set to be sold (LinkExternal link Bolton News).

Archive LinkExternal link The Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre Web site, archived 28 December 2017.
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Sunday, 18 March, 2012   (more nearby)
Monday, 19 March, 2012
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