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LAXEY WHEEL (LADY ISABELLA), LAXEY, ISLE OF MAN, UNITED KINGDOM. | by ZACERIN
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LAXEY WHEEL (LADY ISABELLA), LAXEY, ISLE OF MAN, UNITED KINGDOM.

THE LAXEY WHEEL (ALSO KNOWN AS LADY ISABELLA) IS THE LARGEST WORKING WATERWHEEL IN THE WORLD, AND LOCATED ABOVE THE VILLAGE OF LAXEY IN THE ISLE OF MAN UNITED KINGDOM. DESIGNED BY ROBERT CASEMENT, THE WHEEL HAS A 72-FOOT-6-INCH (22.1 M) DIAMETER, IS 6 FEET (1.8 M) WIDE AND REVOLVES AT APPROXIMATELY THREE REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE.

IT WAS BUILT IN 1854 TO PUMP WATER FROM THE GLEN MOOAR PART OF THE GREAT LAXEY MINES INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AND IS CAPABLE OF DELIVERING 250 IMPERIAL GALLONS (1,100 L) OF WATER A MINUTE FROM THE LAXEY MINES SOME 200 YARDS (180 M) AWAY AND 1,500 FEET (460 M) BELOW GROUND.

THE GREAT LAXEY WHEEL WAS NAMED "LADY ISABELLA" AFTER THE WIFE OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CHARLES HOPE, WHO WAS THE ISLAND'S GOVERNOR AT THAT TIME.

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 AS PART OF THE GREAT LAXEY WHEEL & MINES TRAIL.

THE WHEEL FEATURES TODAY ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THE £20 NOTES ISSUED BY THE ISLE OF MAN GOVERNMENT.

 

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Taken on April 29, 2017