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Laxey Wheel conservation work gets underway

Lady Isabella WILL be turning by TT 2022 says MNH

Work is underway to repair and conserve one of the Islands biggest tourist attractions - the Laxey Wheel.

Dating back to 1854 the Victorian structure - Lady Isabella - was used to pump water from the valley's mines.

Renovations, taking place over a four month period, will include the replacement of old render and defective timbers while the wheel, housing, railings and viewing platform will be repainted.

John-Paul Walker is the historic buildings architect for Manx National Heritage: 

 

Manx National Heritage says the Laxey Wheel will be turning again by TT 2022.

Mr Walker added: “Following a competitive tendering process we are delighted to be working alongside Auldyn Construction who will undertake phase one of the project. 

"This will see old render and defective timbers replaced and the wheel, housing, railings and viewing platform re-painted. Works will take place over a four month period.  

"We are also delighted and extremely grateful for the assistance of the Laxey Mines Research Group whose expert volunteers will be undertaking essential preparatory works for the second phase of the conservation work. 

"The Laxey Mines Research Group has been directly involved with the Laxey site since the 1980s and bring unparalleled expertise and knowledge to the project. 

"The second phase of the works will see repairs to the T-rocker along with the rods, bogies and rod duct”.

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