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LADY ISABELLA

Back to the Isle of Man, and the 1998 holiday, once again in this series to one of the leading attractions in the island. The Laxey Wheel (also known as Lady Isabella) is a large waterwheel built in the village of Laxey. Designed by Robert Casement, it has a 72-foot-6-inch (22.1 m) diameter, is 6 feet (1.83 m) wide and revolves at approximately three revolutions per minute. The Laxey Wheel is the largest working waterwheel in the world. The wheel was used to pump water from the Glen Mooar part of the ‘Great Laxey Mines’ industrial complex. The 150th.anniversary of the Lady Isabella was celebrated by the people of Laxey with a grand Fayre on Saturday 24 September 2004. It is currently maintained by Manx National Heritage..

 

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LADY ISABELLA

Back to the Isle of Man, and the 1998 holiday, once again in this series to one of the leading attractions in the island. The Laxey Wheel (also known as Lady Isabella) is a large waterwheel built in the village of Laxey. Designed by Robert Casement, it has a 72-foot-6-inch (22.1 m) diameter, is 6 feet (1.83 m) wide and revolves at approximately three revolutions per minute. The Laxey Wheel is the largest working waterwheel in the world. The wheel was used to pump water from the Glen Mooar part of the ‘Great Laxey Mines’ industrial complex. The 150th.anniversary of the Lady Isabella was celebrated by the people of Laxey with a grand Fayre on Saturday 24 September 2004. It is currently maintained by Manx National Heritage..

 

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • 3 Mar 2014, 01:59
Superb machine, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Isn't it just, and in full working order, it works every day without being connected to any pumping equipment.
I love the angle you took this!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a lovely coastal village, I defy anybody not to enjoy a visit to Laxey.
I bet theres some weight in that wheel....
Brian Walbey: Indeed there would be Shane, but it revolves every day for the visitors and runs as smooth as anything.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 3 Mar 2014, 06:34
I have never seen anyhting quite like this before, Brian
Brian Walbey: One of the main tourist attractions in the IOM.Lisl, it works every day, and one can go up the tower to the platform, which I done many years ago.
  • Chris
  • Bathampton
  • 3 Mar 2014, 07:24
Isn't this an object of wonder: rocket science to the Victorian world
Brian Walbey: One of the main tourist attractions in the IOM.Chris, it works every day, and one can go up the tower to the platform, which I done many years ago.
great shot Brian, i like the view from this spot.
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a lovely coastal village, I defy anybody not to enjoy a visit to Laxey.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Mar 2014, 07:43
WOW. That would be a sight to behold, Brian. I've never even heard of it, let alone seen it before.
Brian Walbey: One of the main tourist attractions in the IOM.Ginnie, it works every day, and one can go up the tower to the platform, which I done many years ago.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Mar 2014, 07:52
I remember this "Disney" contraption from post cards. I don't think I believed it was real!
Brian Walbey: It's real Mike, one of the main tourist attractions in the IOM., it works every day, and one can go up the tower to the platform, which I done many years ago.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Mar 2014, 09:05
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laxey_Wheel
Great angle and love the view.
This looks like rather unique.
Brian Walbey: It is quite unique these days Astrid, a popular tourist attraction above a beautiful coastal village.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 3 Mar 2014, 09:41
I think this might now be a leg pull for the IOM tourist trade ... or even three leg pulls.
Brian Walbey: Definitely a pull Richard, it works every day, and one can go up the tower to the platform, which I done many years ago.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 3 Mar 2014, 10:22
I thought at first that this was a helter skelter connected to the water wheel, no a pleasant end to one's existence.
Brian Walbey: Not a helter skelter Chad, but the very stairs I used when I climbed up to the platform on the top many years ago.
Great shot Brian; I like how the industrial fits in with nature smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks martin. It is built on the hillside above the village, but can be seen from all around.
That would be pretty cool to see!
Brian Walbey: Indeed Mary and many years ago I climbed those stairs to the platform on the top, there is a lovely view down the valley to the coast beyond from there.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Mar 2014, 13:09
This is an amazing construction. Chris' comment sounds about right.
Brian Walbey: One of the main tourist attractions in the IOM.Alan, it works every day, and one can go up the tower to the platform, which I done many years ago.
Fantastci greens Brian! love it!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ronke.
One of the most iconic pictures of the IOM Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed Bill and one of their most popular tourist attractions.
Superb shot of this fantastic machine Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Richard, one of their most popular tourist attractions.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Mar 2014, 18:50
Never I saw such a big water wheel - now with a fine outlook - a technical, industrial wonderwork, indeed!
Brian Walbey: It's so good that is still in working order, although it isn't any longer attached to the pumping equipment, the mine closed many years ago, but it still working every day as a demonstration.
I think this appears on some Manx coins??
Brian Walbey: Very likely Tom, it is a long time since I had the pleasure of having any money from there, 1998 to be precise.
What an interesting structure and info Brian
Brian Walbey: It is one of their most popular tourist attractions and well worth a visit, apart from having a lovely view from the top platform.

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