The firm of Richard Tidman dated back to the mid 1800s and was one of three noted makers of Fairground center engines and rides. The firm was based in Norwich Norfolk. Very few of there engines survive as when fairs moved to electric power after the war a lot of the engines were scrapped or sold to market gardens who used them for soil serilisation and stripped the motions off.
Examples exist in the collections of;
- Bressingham Steam Museum - pair of 1891 engines
- Hollycombe Steam collection - pair of 1881 engines (includes Anna a CE)
- York Castle museum - pair of unknown vintage engines
- The Science Museum Pair of CE and OE c1900 (but in the large object store at Wroughton).
With the odd example in private hands.
- List of Steam Machinery Manufacturers
- Fairground center engines
- Fairground Organs
- Other manufacturers included Savage of Kings Lynn and Walkers of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.