The Lady Isabella
Number of views as of 22nd February 2014 = 690.
The Great Laxey Wheel (or Lady Isabella), situated in the beautiful Glen Mooar valley, is possibly the Isle of Man’s best known landmark.
The wheel was constructed in 1854 to pump water from Laxey’s zinc and lead mines. It is the largest, working water wheel in the world, with a diameter of 72.5 feet (22 metres).
In its heyday the wheel was capable of pumping 250 gallons (1136 litres) of water a minute from the mines 1500 feet (450 metres) below ground.
The mines (which once employed 600 miners) closed in 1929, leaving the Lady Isabella facing an uncertain future. However, the Manx Government stepped in to acquire the Wheel and surrounding lands and having undergone extensive restoration, the Wheel is now in the hands of the Manx National Heritage.
Visitors can climb the spiral staircase to the viewing platform above the Wheel, explore the Mines Trail and even enter a small section of the mine.
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Date: 27th July 2009.
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