Lady Isabella Water Wheel

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Laxey, Isle of Man
Lady Isabella Water Wheel - Lady Isabella Water Wheel
Lady Isabella Water Wheel - Lady Isabella Water Wheel
Lady Isabella Water Wheel - Lady Isabella Water Wheel
Lady Isabella Water Wheel - Lady Isabella Water Wheel

Lady Isabella Water Wheel Laxey Reviews

Chokk Chokk
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Huge industrial landmark Jun 12, 2011
As I was driving towards the main touristic sight of Laxey; the Great Laxey Wheel, or also known as the 'Lady Isabella', I could clearly see the white and red wheel on the hill. There were almost no cars parked at the parking in front of the wheel and I later saw that the ones that was parked there belonged to a group of mine inspectors that came up from the underground all smothered in in mud but in great mood in the rain.

The giant wheel is set upon the hills just above the city, and it was named Lady Isabella after the former Lieutenant Governor Hope's wife. It was built in 1854 by Robert Casement, a Laxey native and talented engineer.

The Laxey Wheel was used to pump water out of the mines and remains the largest working waterwheel in the world. The wheel has a diameter of approximately 23 meter and a circumference of approximately 75 meters. It was used to pump more than 1000 litre of water a minute from the Laxey mines some 500 meters away and 500 meters below ground.

The mines at that time employed over 600 miners at its peak producing lead, copper, silver and zinc till the mines closed in 1929. In 1965 the government bought the wheel and site and restoration occurred and in 1989 it was put under the control of Manx National Heritage.
Lady Isabella Water Wheel
Lady Isabella Water Wheel
Lady Isabella Water Wheel
Lady Isabella Water Wheel
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davidx davidx
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Huge water wheel Aug 04, 2010
The Lady isabela Water Wheel in Laxey was built in 1854 and named after the Governor's wife. It was installed to drain part of the Great Laxey mines. It is possibly the largest left in the world.

I was staying in the youth hostel in Laxey (no longer there) some years ago just before Easter, when the wheel was due to open. You could say I was pretty fed up with missing seeing it in action.

However I was lucky in the end. It was necessary for a check to made on whether it would function properly. It is almost unbelievable how little water was needed to get the whole gigantic thing into motion - so I saw it turning without paying anything!

The wheel is unmissable if you leave the Isle of Man electric railway at Laxey station.
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