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Entrance to the Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre (also known as Dingles Steam Village) is a museum located nr the village of Lifton in Devon. The Museum is home to the Fairground Heritage Trust.


The Museum started as Dingles Steam Village and started with a few historic steam engines and other artifacts collected by Dingles & Sons Contractors. The firm being road rolling and agricultural contractors, as well as being agents for the area for several manufacturers in the early 20th century.

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The ExhibitsEdit

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Inside the main building

The site has 3 main buildings housing a number of steam engines, Fairground rides, fairground organs, side shows, fairground signage, vintage vehicles and industrial memorabilia spanning 150 years.

The biggest building is a new structure built to house the fairground rides some of which are over 100 years old. The rides are restored or being restored to full working order by the volunteers of the Fairground Heritage Trust.


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Orton & Spooner Chariot Race ride

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    • Dodgems
    • Speedway ride
    • Roundabout/switchback
    • Galloppers
    • Ghost train
  • side shows
    • Arcade machines
    • Hoopala stand
    • Cocunut shy
    • hall of mirrors
  • Fairground organs
  • large collection of painted fronts from rides and other parts such as pay boxes and carved figure heads

Steam enginesEdit


Other itemsEdit

  • Old road signs
  • Large steam powered horizontal bandsaw - Ex dockyard - 5 ft dia by 50 foot long capacity
  • horizontal oil engine
  • Crusher
  • Variouse belt driven workshop machines
  • Old cars
  • Vintage tractor
  • 1/2 size caravan
  • old adverts


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See alsoEdit

references / sourcesEdit

  • Site visit for photos
  • Official web site

External linksEdit

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