Jason Ballamy



Jason Ballamy showed this 2:3 scale turn of the century Tidman Organ Engine at Guildford in 2016. Apart from using a flywheel casting the model was completely fabricated. Gears and governor balls came from ebay. Jason produced the design from his own research notably photos from a museum.

Organ engines were usually mounted at one end of the boiler and the centre engine which powered the ride at the other.

Robert Tidman and Sons of Bishop's Bridge Ironworks, Norwich

  1. 1883 Company established by Robert Tidman

  2. 1884 Erected the Foundry Bridge with cast iron panels made by Sabberton Brothers

  3. Later joined by his sons Frederick Tidman and Robert Tidman

  4. Produced portable steam engines of which 22 are preserved

  5. 1925 Company closed

The census reveals: Robert Tidman (1836-1906), of Robert Tidman and Sons

1871 Living at King's Arms, Thorp Road, Norwich. Robert Tidman (age 47 born Plumstead, Nfk.), Licensed Victualler, Boiler Maker and General Smith. With his wife Ann Tidman (age 48 born Plumstead, Nfk.) and their two sons Robert Tidman (age 17 born Norwich, St. Helens), Engineer Fitter, and Frederick Tidman (age 16 born Norwich, Thorpe Hamlet), Boiler Maker. Also two boarders.

1906 September 1st. Died.

His obituary in The Era:

“Showman generally, more particularly those travelling in East Anglia, have lost a good old friend by the decease of Mr. R. Tidman, sen., whose death look place peacefully September 1. He had reached the ripe old age of eighty-three years, and thirty-five or forty years ago was host of the King's Arms, Bishop Bridge. Norwich. The King's Arms was for many years the winter home of the leading showmen of the day. Amongst the since departed, and some who are with us still, may be mentioned John Barker. Sam Whiting, Alf. Duffield, Charles Bugg, Biddall, J. Crighton. and O. Aspiand. The deceased was the founder of the firm of Robert Tidman and Sons, and father of the present members of the firm, Messrs. Robert and Fred. Tidman. The funeral look place at the Rosary Cemetery. Norwich, under the shadow of the monument raised (by his colleagues) to the late John Barker, amidst feelings of profound sorrow and sympathy. The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. R. Tidman. Mr. and Mrs. F. Tidman. Mrs. Watts (sister), Mr. R. J. (grandson), Miss Clara Watts and Miss Hannah Walts (nieces). Miss Brown (niece). Mr. and Mrs. Burgess (cousins), and Mr. R. J. Knights.”


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