The celebrity steeplejack started building the pithead system with a 70 ft mineshaft to pay tribute to Bolton's history, but got into trouble after neighbours complained.
Originally a steeplejack , cloth-capped Fred became an unlikely celebrity and has been the star of more than 20 documentaries uncovering Britain's industrial heritage.
His grandmother was a widow whose steeplejack husband had died in a tragic accident, and who subsequently lost two of her four sons in the war.
Bert, pictured, who is the third generation of his family to work for the company, was the youngest steeplejack in the city when he started out on April 7, 1953.
The celebrity steeplejack started building a fully-working Victorian mineshaft behind his house in Radcliffe Road, Bolton, without asking permission.
Archibald, Gilchrist and Muir had an information storage and retrieval system which required the services of a suicidal steeplejack .
Celebrity steeplejack Fred Dibnah was supposed to end his days of felling factory chimneys with the demolition of the 175-ft Park Mill chimney in Royton yesterday.
‘I could have died a happy steeplejack on that job,’ says Fred.
Originally a steeplejack , Fred became an unlikely celebrity and has been the star of more than 20 documentaries uncovering Britain's industrial heritage.
When his first wife walked out on him, she accused the eccentric, chimney-toppling steeplejack of living in the last century.