- Snaefell Wheel
The Snaefell Wheel (also known as Lady Evelyn) is a
waterwheelin Laxey, Isle of Man. The wheel stands in the washing floors in Laxey Glen Gardens, approximately 700 metres south of the larger Laxey Wheel.
The wheel was unveiled with the name "Lady Evelyn" to mark the extensive work of
Evelyn Jonesin her support of the Laxey Mines Research Team.
The wheel was purchased by the Snaefell Mining Company in 1865. Built by Messrs Leigh and Gilbert Howell of the
Hawarden iron worksin Flintshire, north Wales, it was one of two identical 50 ft (15.24 m) diameter wheels to be produced.
By 1910, the wheel had come to the end of its working life at the Snaefell Mining Company and was disassembled to be sent to
Bodmin, Cornwall. By the 1950s the wheel had fallen into disuse, and in 1971 the Cornish Wheel Preservation Societyhad acquired the wheel and dismantled it for preservation. The society later merged with the Trevithick Society, who are the current owners of the wheel.
In 1976, the
Llywernog Silver Lead Minein Wales took the wheel on loan from the society though never reconstructed it.
In 2003, an effort was started to restore the wheel to its home in Laxey and on
20 August 2006, the wheel had its official reopening ceremony and began turning for the first time in decades.
To mark the occasion of the official opening, and in similarity to its big sister, a piece of music "Snaefell Wheel March" was specially written by
Paul Dunderdalefor the occasion and performed for the first time by Onchan Silver Bandat the opening ceremony, with suitable fanfare.
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