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The Laxey Wheel
Photo: Rev David Long
Views: 261
Item #: 32630
Just to reintroduce the controversy about whether it was built at Haigh....
Found in a charity shop today.

Comment by: James Hanson on 1st August 2020 at 19:31

That wheel was definitely not made in Haigh foundry.

Comment by: MikeW on 1st August 2020 at 20:33

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.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 1st August 2020 at 23:16

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"

Comment by: John Walsh's Mate on 2nd August 2020 at 11:10

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'?

Comment by: Cyril on 2nd August 2020 at 16:06

Info on the wheel and, as George said, the Vauxhall foundry here. http://www.staveley-genealogy.com/laxey.htm

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 9th August 2020 at 23:51

Couldn't we just assume that the rivets could possibly have been made in Wigan, just to appease some people?

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