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Backstreet Mechanic

The late Lancastrian steeplejack Fred Dibnah traces the development of industrialisation in Britain. Dibnah described himself as a backstreet mechanic and believed he was awarded his MBE and honorary doctorates for this reason. His garden was all assembled from scrap and the cast offs from old mills and factories, but it was probably the finest working example of a steam-powered engineering workshop in the country.

The mechanical and engineering skills he demonstrated in his garden combined with his ability to explain how things worked opened up the world of engineering history to a wide audience.

29 minutes

Last on

Mon 15 Sep 2014 13:00


Role Contributor
PresenterFred Dibnah
ProducerDavid Hall

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