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Fairbottom Bobs

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1917. Fairbottom Bobs Newcomen engine near Ashton-under-Lyne.
1931. Fairbottom Bobs Newcomen Engine re-erected in the Dearborn Museum.

A Newcomen Engine originally installed in the second half of the 18th century at a colliery of the Chamber Colliery Co in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Stood derelict until bought by Henry Ford in 1931 for his museum in Dearborn, USA. H. F. Morton undertook its recovery and re-erection, and relates the story in a chapter of his book [1]

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Sources of Information

  1. 'Strange Commissions for Henry Ford, by H F Morton, MIMechE, York, 1934