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Celebrating the life of David Tigwell


David Tigwell, formerly of Stroud, died suddenly last month, aged 70.

Born in Tetbury, David lived in Ebley and attended Selsley C of E School and later Stroud Boys Technical School and Marling School. He did his apprenticeship and trained as a blacksmith at Redler Conveyors in Dudbridge.

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David Tigwell at the wheel of a Mini Clubman at a rally in 1976.

David was a member of 143 Motor Club and was a sponsored rally driver winning a number of trophies. He built his own microlight and was the first person in the Stroud area to use one.

He specialised in the Arts and Crafts metalwork of architect and designer Ernest Gimson and undertook many commissions for collectors.

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David Tigwell at the Pedersen Pilgrimage in Dursley in 1993, competing on a Pedersen bicycle he built. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

David was well known in the cycling community and built a range of bikes, from mountains bikes, road bikes and even the Dursley-Pedersen design, riding them for pleasure as well as in competitions.

Brian Donnan, a long-time friend of David’s, said: “Dave was a huge help to me while refining my Pedersens for club racing in the 1990s. He was a brilliant blacksmith and engineer, and Pedersen enthusiast… and also a would-be aviator (his home-built small plane was almost ready for take-off, and only required a longer field, I think!).

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David Tigwell (right) with bike designer Mike Burrows, best known for designing Chris Boardman’s 1992 Olympic 400-metre pursuit bike. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

“Dave won the Stinchcombe Hill hillclimb during the first big Pedersen reunion in Dursley. I came second but beat him in a 12-hour time trial a year later! Both on Pedersens, of course.

“During dinner at the Bell Hotel in Dursley he formed an instant bond with the Boardman, Olympic bike designer, Mike Burrows, who also died this year.”

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David Tigwell (left) with Brian Donnan at the reinterment of the remains of inventor Mikael Pedersen in Dursley Cemetery in 1995. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

David and his partner Diane moved to Cornwall in 1999 where he continued his blacksmith business and was a member of the Cornwall Crafts Association, producing contemporary furniture. He also designed a system of wind power to produce electricity to feed into the National Grid.

His last project was to build a Scout aeroplane which was due to be flown shortly before his death.

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David with the Scout aeroplane.

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