SD6342 : Betsy, Chipping Steam Fair

taken 6 years ago, near to Chipping, Lancashire, Great Britain

Betsy, Chipping Steam Fair
Betsy, Chipping Steam Fair
The late Fred Dibnah's 1912 Aveling and Porter 10-ton Steam Roller "Betsy", at the 2013 Chipping Steam Fair.
Chipping Steam Fair (2013)
The first Chipping Steam Fair was held in 1998 to support efforts to raise funds for a new Village Hall. What was originally seen as a one-off event has now become an annual event interrupted only in 2001, when that year’s event had to be cancelled because of the outbreaks of Foot and Mouth which had plagued so much of the countryside during the year.

The 2013 event was held over the Bank Holiday Weekend, 25th - 27th May, at the Green Lane Showground. As well an excellent array of steam engines and classic vehicles of all varieties, a host of other attractions were on display including helicopter rides, classic cars, steam demonstrations, vintage tractors, military vehicles and a replica Spitfire as well as other events such as the dog agility trials.
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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Date Taken
Sunday, 26 May, 2013   (more nearby)
Monday, 3 June, 2013
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  People, Events  Historic sites and artefacts 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 6342 4233 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:52.5523N 2:33.4721W
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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