The Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre
Situated less than a mile outside Bolton town centre you will find the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre.
If you liked Fred, If you like Britain’s industrial heritage. Or if you just like rust, then this is the place for you.
It is quite a small place all tours are guided so you have to book in advance.
You get a fascinating insight in to the mind of one of northern England's greatest characters. Our guide, Leon, could I am sure have told tales of Fred and his antics well in to the night, but the tour lasted two hours and I think that's about right for most people.
His house and yard are preserved Fred style so don't expect a museum, this was a working environment and is kept such, although how Fred found any of his tools is beyond me.
We started with a tour of the yard where we were told of Fred's plans, how he worked his ancient steam powered machines and made his parts for his projects and his steam engines.
We learned about his life as a steeplejack a bit about his home life too.
A welcome cup of tea was on hand and we made our way in to his house, then on to his main workshop for yet more tails of hitting chunks of iron with big hammers and getting filthy in the process. The smell of grease and oil and the heat from the wood burning boiler brought things to life.
If Fred Dibnah was the Elvis of Bolton then this is Graceland....Great Fun.
Don't forget to visit Fred's statue in Bolton town centre. A lovely little town and worth adding to your day out.
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