memorial monument to legendary steeplejack Fred Dibnah was unveiled
in his home town of Bolton on 29th April 2008 which, had he
survived, would have been Fred’s 70th birthday. The 8 feet tall
bronze sculpture by Jane Robins is located in Oxford Street
in the town centre.
bronze plaques, dedicated to his life, work and achievements
are also fixed to the plinth of the monument.
there is a typographical error on the above plaque – it should
read “Robert Gordon” (not “Gorton”).
another plaque, (above), the dedication reads:
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
Thousands of people, locally and nationally, made donations.
Thank you to all those individuals, organisations, companies
and steam enthusiasts who helped pay for this statue to “OUR
It has been an honour to be associated with this appeal and
the committee is rewarded by its success.
The Bolton News
Mrs Sheila Dibnah, widow of Fred and fund-raiser
Miss Wendy Close: Fund raiser with her cap badge sales
William R. Greenhalgh: Friend, fund-raiser and memorial designer
Brian H. Tetlow: Chairman, Bolton Civic Trust & Chairman
of the Appeal”
Blue Plaque was also unveiled outside his home in Radcliffe
Road by the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton on behalf of Bolton
& District Civic Trust. Fred’s widow, Sheila also attended.
on the plaque reads:
home of the late Dr Fred Dibnah, MBE, steeplejack, honorary
doctorate of Aberdeen and Birmingham universities, artist, draughtsman,
carpenter, stone mason, demolition expert, intuitive engineer,
steam enthusiast, devotee of our industrial heritage, raconteur
& television celebrity.
Revered Son of Bolton 1938-2004.”