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Fred Dibnah - building the canals

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He looked comfortable handling the boat, not surprising I suppose. If you can hop around the top of a chimney hundreds of feet up you aren’t going to be fazed by a boat travelling at 4mph max.

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1 hour ago, Alan de Enfield said:

He 'went under the ground' 16 years ago so he's not been far since.

Or as he would have put it "arf a day out with the undertaker"

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For those of us who do not subscribe to the BBC and its iPlayer 'thing'

 

There is always good old YouTube - All of the legendary Freds Videos are there for free 😉

Wonderful watching they are too !

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Fred, is always interesting to watch.

 

Though some dedicated canal historians might take issue with Fred calling James Brindley a mining engineer who built the Worsley Canal tunnels. There are those that give the initial credit of the Worsely canal tunnels to John Gilbert, agent to the Duke of Bridgewater.

 

Brindley began as millwright and then became a surveyor and engineer in the days when the distinction between trades was blurred.

 

 

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