HRS 1164 Isle of Man, Lady Isabella "Biggest working waterwheel in the World" 1990s
This remarkable waterwheel help drain the Great Laxey Mine via the engine shaft some 450 yards away. This famous and extraordinary waterwheel is described in detail in "Industrial Archaeology of the Isle of Man 1993 Manx National Heritage" as well as many other publications. There is a good description in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laxey_Wheel which I have partly quoted below: "The Laxey Wheel (also known as Lady Isabella) is a large waterwheel built in the village of Laxey in the Isle of Man. 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. .. It was built in 1854 to pump water from the mineshafts and named "Lady Isabella" after the wife of Lieutenant Governor Charles Hope who was the island's governor at that time. 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 Wheel features today on the reverse side of the £20 notes issued by the Isle of Man Government.
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