Rebuilding the Snaefell Wheel, Laxey


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watermills Rebuilding the Snaefell Wheel, Laxey

A picture of a few days ago at geograph shows that the Snaefell Wheel, Laxey is now in place, and substantially complete. Scaffolding currently surrounds the wheel, which is downstream of the famous Laxey wheel - the largest waterwheel in the world.

The Snaefell wheel started out its life on the Isle of Man, but when it was redundant at the Snaefell mines in 1910, it was shipped to Cornwall, where it had a second life pumping out a china clay pit. Disassembed again in the 1970's, it went into storage, and later on to a mining museum in Wales, which never got around to reassembling it. Negotiations have since brought it back to the Isle of Man, where its restoration and reassembly has been going on for a couple of years.

Full details are provided on the The Snaefell Wheel Project.
Tags: [#waterwheel] [geograph]
Item: #502, Posted: 31/8/05.


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