Fred Dibnah was born in Bolton in Lancashire on April 28th 1938 and sadly died of cancer at the young age of 66 on the 6th November 2004.
Fred’s big brake was when he was filmed by the BBC whilst repairing parts of the Bolton Town Hall in 1978.
Dibnah was given the chance of a documentary showing the steeplejack risking his life working on chimneys around the country whist talking about the history of steam which was his hobby he loved.
Fred and his wife later moved into a Victorian gatehouse on the Earl of Bradford’s estate, which is now the Heritage Centre.[Fred spent years restoring the listed property to its former glory, he also managed to get planning permission to build an extension to the building using bricks and stone from similar buildings and churches.
Due to the decline in the steeplejack business, Fred spent more and more time doing television vision series on steam and the industrial history of Britain.
To find out more on the history of Fred Dibnah visit the Heritage Centre here in Bolton.
121 Radcliffe Road
07801 255486 / 01204 396862