The water turns the wheel and creates power, you really need to see it to understand :)
Take the electric tram from Douglas to Laxey: jump off and have a good wander around Laxey it’s a lovey area not just the wheel which is pretty impressive, much to see and do. If you are a cyclist you will know it’s the home town of one of our famous riders. MC.
The water is collected in tanks higher up the mountain, above the level of the top of the wheel, so that it uses gravity to send the water down pipes and up the round tower by the wheel.
It is a water powered wheel the turning wheel pumps water from the old lead mine. It is the biggest water wheel because they needed extra power to pump the water from the mine. The Isle of Man has no coal so they could not use the newly developed steam engines as were used in England and elsewhere as mines got deeper.
Climb to the top of the wheel then you will see it is powered by water which is quite an impressive sight.
Water was collected from nearby rivers, stream etc and held in a lake. The water then fed by pipe to top of the wheel to make it turn. The turning wheel was used to convert the motion into force for the piston rods which ran a pump that brought water out of the mines to enable the workers to dig out the tin. Go and see it, well worth half a day
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