The Laxey Wheel: World’s Largest Functioning Waterweel

September 27, 2013 | in Architecture

The Laxey Wheel, also referred to as Lady Isabella, is considered the world’s largest functioning waterwheel, as well as the main attraction of the small village of Laxey on the British Isle of Man in the Irish Sea.

The Laxey Wheel was built in 1854 to pump excess water out of the mine. The author of the project Is the engineer Robert Casement. The wheel has a diameter of 22 meters and 10 centimeters and a width of 1 meter and 83 centimeters. The mine worked until 1929, after which it was closed. Almost half a century ago the Island of Man Government bought the wheel and turned it into a functioning tourist attraction.

The Laxey Wheel: Worlds Largest Functioning Waterweel

The Laxey Wheel: Worlds Largest Functioning Waterweel

The Laxey Wheel: Worlds Largest Functioning Waterweel

The Laxey Wheel: Worlds Largest Functioning Waterweel

The Laxey Wheel: Worlds Largest Functioning Waterweel

The Laxey Wheel: Worlds Largest Functioning Waterweel

The Laxey Wheel: Worlds Largest Functioning Waterweel

The Laxey Wheel: Worlds Largest Functioning Waterweel

The Laxey Wheel: Worlds Largest Functioning Waterweel

The Laxey Wheel: Worlds Largest Functioning Waterweel

The Laxey Wheel: Worlds Largest Functioning Waterweel

The Laxey Wheel: Worlds Largest Functioning Waterweel

The Laxey Wheel: Worlds Largest Functioning Waterweel

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