IRON AND STEEL
Fred takes a look at the development of the iron and steel industries at Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire.
Fredís tour takes him from Cornwall to Scotland, exploring how tin, slate, lead and coal were all extracted from the ground.
In this programme he traces the development of the railways from the first steam locomotive to the world record-breaking Mallard.
SHIPS AND ENGINEERING >>
Fred looks at the great age of shipbuilding and examines the skills of engineers who turned Britain into a great manufacturing nation.
FORTS AND CASTLES >>
Fred visits Old Sarum, Hadrianís Wall and the strategically placed castles at Dover, Edinburgh and Warwick.
HOUSES AND PALACES >>
Fred starts his tour at his old house in Bolton with its unusual chimney before moving on to Ightham Mote, Hampton Court, Lacock Abbey, Cragside and Beamish.
BRIDGES AND TUNNELS >>
Fred takes a tour of some of the most wonderful bridges and tunnels in the country including The Pontcysylite Aqueduct, Conwy Suspension Bridge, structures designed by Brunel, The Forth Bridge, Humber Bridge, Thames Barrier and Channel Tunnel.
PLEASURE PALACES >>
Fred spends time looking at familiar places of entertainment in Bath, London, Edinburgh and Blackpool, and takes the opportunity to have a ride on the Pepsi Max Big One.
CHANGING THE LANDSCAPE >>
As Fred was growing up in Bolton his house was surrounded by canals, railway lines, bridges and tunnels and he was always fascinated by the skills of the men who built them.
GREAT BRITISH BUILDERS >>
In this programme we see Fred giving us a number of demonstrations including the hilarious falling down arch.
MASTERS OF THEIR TRADE >>
His love of fine craftsmanship and the perfectionism that shone through in all that he did led us to a greater appreciation of the skills of craftsmen of the past and of the work of people today who carry on the traditions.
A GOOD DAYS WORK >>
From the labourers and stonemasons who built the great medieval castles and cathedrals to twentieth century coal miners, mill workers and steel workers, the real heroes for Fred were the ordinary workers without whose hard graft nothing would have been possible.
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