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'Lady Isabella'

By TrevBatWCC    
The Laxey Wheel (also known as Lady Isabella) is built into the hillside above the village of Laxey in the Isle of Man. It is the largest working waterwheel in the world. Designed by Robert Casement, the wheel is 72.5 feet (22 metres) in diameter, and 6 feet (1.8 metres) wide, and revolves at approximately 3 revolutions per minute.
It was built in 1854 to pump water from the Glen Mooar part of the Great Laxey Mines industrial complex. It was named 'Lady Isabella' after the wife of Lieutenant Governor Charles Hope, who was the island's governor at that time. A water-powered wheel was used because the Isle of Man does not have a supply of coal for a steam-powered pump.
I had hoped to be able to climb the 94 steps to the top, which I did on my previous visit here back in 2002, as it offers wonderful panoramic views across the Laxey Valley and the village. You ascend the spiral stairs to the first platform which is level with the centre of the wheel, and from there up to the viewing platform at the top, where on walking to the end, you're looking directly over the top of the wheel, whilst seeing it actually turning. However, being the time of year it was closed (was due to have opened on 1st April), but at least you could walk around it and get close up, and it's still a must to visit if on the Isle of Man.
A bit more faffing done in PS, to convert the lead to mono! 😁
(images taken 19/03/2020)

Many thanks to Graham (Ericsamson) for his User Award on my earlier upload, Leaning On A Lamp Post , most appreciated 🏆👍

Raw images processed in Nikon Capture NX-D, tweaked in Nik Collection's Viveza 2 and Photoshop Elements 14.

Thanks again to everyone for your vote & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging 😀👍

Trev 😀

Tags: Black and white Waterwheel Isle of man Landscape and travel Laxey Lady isabella

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Comments


marshfam19 13 5 United Kingdom
4 May 2020 10:29AM
A great set of shots Trev, I think the lead works brilliantly in mono.

Stay safe and well.

Mary Wink
PhilT2 Plus
12 594 35 England
4 May 2020 10:35AM
Excellent set Trev
cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
4 May 2020 10:36AM
An excellent portrayal of this iconic structure 😁😁
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.3k 2537 United Kingdom
4 May 2020 10:38AM
Trev, that main image is a super composition, using the lie of the land with wide angle to give a really commanding, brooding look.
We are suddenly getting interested in the IoM.
4 May 2020 10:44AM
Lovely set, Trev, especially the main mono capture.

Mike
BillRookery 6 2 4 England
4 May 2020 10:46AM
Excellent set I went up the wheel over 40 years ago
Yogendra Plus
18 22 1 United Kingdom
4 May 2020 11:05AM
Wonderful set, Superb..
Joline Plus
16 38 59 United States
4 May 2020 12:06PM
Very impressive. When form and function come together it is a beautiful thing.
4 May 2020 12:14PM
Great set of images Trev, interesting narrative also.
Out of Gong's today mate, put right tomorrow.
Stay safe
Geoff
bliba Plus
16 1 2 Austria
4 May 2020 12:37PM
beautiful mono work
leo_nid 5 12
4 May 2020 12:57PM
a beautiful piece of engineering and excellent photography
Irishkate 11 45 121 United Kingdom
4 May 2020 1:23PM
Superb mono Trev and if I ever get to IOM this looks a must to see.
KateGrin
Fefe Plus
10 74 41 United Kingdom
4 May 2020 1:46PM
The lead shot in Mono gets the UA from me Trev!
Great set all round GrinGrinGrin
Diane
4 May 2020 1:49PM
What a fine set here Trev, looks a huge and amazing wheel 👍 Mono has it for me, excellent processing, have to come back with an award!

Dave 🙂
dales Plus
6 13 Australia
4 May 2020 1:54PM
You have done the designers and engineers proudly with these excellent images Trev !!
Ian
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
4 May 2020 2:35PM
A excellent set. Superb detail and love the b&w images.
ColleenA Plus
10 503 8 Australia
4 May 2020 3:04PM
An impressive structure, interesting information .....did you go up the tower
leo_nid 5 12
4 May 2020 3:24PM
i just thought you would want to look at this
Excellent narrative and images Trev, love the lead.
Carol
SlowSong Plus
14 10.4k 30 England
4 May 2020 4:28PM
I've always fancied going to the IoM but haven't made it yet. Thanks for your travelogue - makes it even more inviting.
Jasper87 Plus
12 3.1k 162 England
4 May 2020 4:36PM
I like the mono conversion, Trev. We climbed to the end but sadly no views...low cloud and rain!
Drighlynne 11 131 1 United Kingdom
4 May 2020 5:15PM
A very striking image in the lead.
Lynne
pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2264 United Kingdom
4 May 2020 5:43PM
Leonid noticed what I had noticed, that the same wheel has been uploaded by someone else today.
Looks like a fascinating place to visit. I like the detail in the 3rd version.
brian17302 Plus
10 2 13 United Kingdom
4 May 2020 5:49PM
Cracking images Trev
saltireblue Plus
12 13.1k 83 Norway
4 May 2020 6:11PM
The work you have done on the lead image is top stuff, Trev, and I have no hesitation is sending Kilroy to visit you.
As Moira says, the IoM is suddenkly very interesting...
LynneJoyce Plus
14 22 101 United Kingdom
4 May 2020 6:37PM
Four fine photos (can't resist a bit of alliteration) of this iconic installation. Well done you.
4 May 2020 8:46PM
Excellent set Trev..Lin
Minty805 Plus
6 45 9 United Kingdom
4 May 2020 9:23PM
The drama of the lead for me, Trev, but a fine set altogether.
Allan
LoryC 6 2 Italy
4 May 2020 10:07PM
Beautiful set Trev, excellent mono in the lead and great POV in the versions🌟

LorySmile
Chinga Plus
11 104 3 United Kingdom
4 May 2020 10:36PM
Impressive !! Excellent photography and subject Trev...
Isabel GrinGrin
Mollycat Plus
9 21 2 United Kingdom
5 May 2020 10:25AM
An incredible piece of Victorian engineering and a superb looking set Trev.
Peter
Saastad Plus
3 16 17 Norway
6 May 2020 11:41AM
Well done!
I like the hole set Trev!

Arne Smile

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