The Lady Isabella by RedHillDigital

The Lady Isabella

Number of views as of 24th March 2015 = 840.

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.

Click here to see more images from the Isle of Man (or in Gaelic – Ellan Vannin).

Date: 27th July 2009.

Click here to view Isle of Man calendar

Hello and thankyou for visiting my portfolio.

The name RedHillDigital comes from the area where I live (Redhill, in the town of Bournemouth, in the county of Dorset on the South Coast of England), plus my interest in Digital photography.

My real name is Howard and I’m always pleased to receive feedback on my work.

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  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 5 years ago

    Funny I was watching the local news last night and they must have been stood in the exact spot you where when you took this . A great shot Howard.x

  • Thanks irene – the tripod marks must have been clearly visible!

    – RedHillDigital

  • Colin  Williams Photography
    Colin William...over 5 years ago

    A great shot Howard, a superb Angle !

  • Many thanks Colin.

    – RedHillDigital

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 5 years ago

    Great colours- marvellous shot Howard!!

  • Thanks very much Pauline.

    – RedHillDigital

  • David Smith
    David Smithover 5 years ago

    A good shot and good narrative well taken Howard.Regards Dave.

  • Cheers Dave, thanks for your continued support.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Paul Woloschuk
    Paul Woloschukover 5 years ago

    A well-composed shot of this famous landmark Howard.

  • Thanks very much Paul.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    Super shot of this famous landmark Howard …

  • Ta very much Tom.

    – RedHillDigital

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture
    many thanks from
    Tina & Fino

  • Many thanks for the favourite Martina.

    – RedHillDigital

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