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Welcome to the Fred Dibnah Foundation website

Fred Dibnah Steeplejack & TV Personality

Fred Dibnah was a working-class hero. His affable manner and talent for telling a story were just two of the reasons for his incredible popularity. Whether toppling giant chimneys or restoring vintage steam vehicles, he made himself legendary. Nobody was prouder of Fred than the people of Bolton, and here we see the citizens of his home town gather to pay tribute to this remarkable man.


Frederick Travis Dibnah, MBE (29 April 1938 – 6 November 2004) was an English steeplejack and television personality, with a keen interest in mechanical engineering, who described himself as a "backstreet mechanic".

Steeplejack - Historian - Steam-Man - TV Personality

Check out our unique library of Fred Dibnah films

Make a donation to help preserve Fred Dibnah's legacy & archive

Make a £5 donation to the FRED DIBNAH FOUNDATION and we will send you Fred's live stage show "Sell Out" (80 minute professional audio recording) direct to your email address

Your donations help us to maintain Fred's legacy ~ Thank you!

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