THE VICTORIAN GENTLEMAN
The Victorian age with its lavish architectural splendour is the era that
Fred wished he had lived through. Fred greatly admires the craftsmen
who made quality things to last and he heads to locations such as
Tower Bridge, Eastnor Castle and Leadenhall Market to view these
incredible wrought iron masterpieces.
PRESERVING OUR PAST
Fred was best known for felling chimneys but that was the job he liked
least. His real interest was in restoration work and it was this work
that had the biggest influence on him. His greatest achievement was
the restoration of a steam traction engine that took him over 27 years
to complete. He also shows his admiration for volunteers all around
the country who help to preserve the past.
ALL STEAMED UP
Fred always had a passion for steam powered engines and spent a
large part of his life restoring and driving them. He shows his love
of the Victorian era through his appreciation of what he could see
whether it was a pumping station, steam boat or steam engine. Join
him as he visits steam fairs and fairgrounds looking at some of the
wonderful machines that travelled the roads of Britain.
RICHES BENEATH THE EARTH
Fred’s interest in the mining industry stemmed from his childhood and
getting down to the coalface always fascinated him. This deep interest
led him to start digging his own mine in his own back garden. But it
was not just the extraction of coal that interested him but also tin and
lead mining. Join him as he visits some of Britain’s leading mining
museums and discover the superb exhibits they contain.
CHANGING THE LANDSCAPE
As Fred was growing up, his house was surrounded by bridges, canals,
railway lines and tunnels and he was captivated by such great civil
engineering projects and the lives of the men who changed the
landscape of Britain. But it was not just Victorian achievements that
he was interested in; he was also fascinated by the ancient landscape
and the equipment and tools that early man used.
GREAT BRITISH BUILDERS
Follow Fred as he uncovers the craftsmanship behind some of Britain’s
most magnificent and remarkable architectural designs in castles,
cathedrals, and great houses. He was a great admirer of the working
man and the skills he had and it fascinated him to discover how the
builders and engineers created such masterpieces. He even has a go
himself with some entertaining practical demonstrations.