HAIGH FOUNDRY6 Comments
Photo: Rev David Long
Item #: 32630
Found in a charity shop today.
That wheel was definitely not made in Haigh foundry.
The axle/pivot was a forged part and came from an iron works in Liverpool, (possibly the one my Great Great Grandfather was employed in). The rim sections were cast locally on the island. There is documented evidence to support this whereas there is nothing other than hearsay to support the belief any parts were manufactured in Wigan.
According to Manx National Heritage, "the wheel was constructed in the Vauxhall Foundry, Liverpool and the Mersey Iron Works, Ellesmere Port, Lancashire, then transported and erected on the Isle of Man"
They say it's got 'Made In Wigan' inscribed on it somewhere. Or is that just another story? If it was made in Haigh foundry, surely it would say 'Made In Haigh'?
Info on the wheel and, as George said, the Vauxhall foundry here. http://www.staveley-genealogy.com/laxey.htm
Couldn't we just assume that the rivets could possibly have been made in Wigan, just to appease some people?