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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 21st February, 2014)

The Wheel


The Wheel
The wheel at Wigan and Leigh College, in it's new location on Frog lane, just round the corner from it's old spot.

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Nikon D800 with Nikon 16-35mm F/4 AF-S G VR)
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Comment by: Ken R on 21st February 2014 at 00:02

The headgear pulley reinstalled. Beautiful, good photo Dave.

Comment by: Garry on 21st February 2014 at 05:11

Block-paving looks good.

Comment by: alan lad on 21st February 2014 at 08:41

For me the old location was a better spot it's a bit like the rugby ball at Tesco .

Comment by: kath on 21st February 2014 at 09:06

It's a Wigan landmark!

Comment by: Anne on 21st February 2014 at 10:04

Surprised elf and safety didn't comment on those pavers. Trip hazard. Imagine head butting that ironwork. Without a doubt super pic though.

Comment by: John Dennett on 21st February 2014 at 10:11

Is it Frog Lane or New Market Street ?

Comment by: Mick on 21st February 2014 at 11:33

A much better place for it up close to the building, now its not as visible as before.

Modern Wigan as no Pier

Comment by: Loz on 21st February 2014 at 12:32

This came from Bickershaw Colliery, it was a 'spare' pulley, donated when the pit was still working. Note how it has been cast in two halves.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 21st February 2014 at 13:14

John; It is in New Market Street.
Don`t like the white letters on a black ground in the caption.

Comment by: Mags on 21st February 2014 at 13:28

Another great pic and a bit of history saved

Comment by: Alan H on 21st February 2014 at 14:38

It's definetly New Market Street.

Comment by: mac on 21st February 2014 at 15:19

Great photo. I'm not keen on the location of the wheel it doesn't stand out like it did on the front of the college.

Comment by: Linda on 21st February 2014 at 16:22

Great photo as usual, Dave. I think the wheel looks good in this location.

Comment by: Dostaf on 21st February 2014 at 16:56

I wonder if those pavers are designed to keep people off?

Comment by: Derek Platt on 21st February 2014 at 22:33

Loz I don't think it was cast in two halves but it definitely was poured in two halves. I think the casting was segmented to form a full circle. By the way great picture Dave

Comment by: Garry on 21st February 2014 at 22:44

It was cast in two halfs..look at the split on the axle eye and on the rim.

Comment by: Garry on 21st February 2014 at 22:50

The paveing is designed for wet conditions.

Comment by: Ken R on 22nd February 2014 at 18:49

Why do most people call this a wheel? it is not a wheel it is a pulley, and it is cast in two halves, then joined together, pinned and machined. The "H" beam supports would have looked more authentic with proper bearings fitted and locked.

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 22nd February 2014 at 23:48

The paving surrounding the wheel is "Tactile anti-pedestrian paving" designed to discourage people from walking/standing on it.

Comment by: Garry on 23rd February 2014 at 09:19

Ken R..anything that is round and spins is called a WHEEL. Bearings can't be fitted, otherwise people would try and spin it! The block pave is more like drainage.

Comment by: Tony Haslam on 24th February 2014 at 15:51

The correct terminology is a headgear pulley

Comment by: Garry on 24th February 2014 at 19:27

Tony, it's a Wheel.

Comment by: Art on 2nd March 2014 at 01:01

When armed forces change direction whilst marching, they either right or left wheel...Without the need for an axle.
It's a headgear or winding wheel..;o)

Ask Winder, his job depended on it..

Comment by: Donald Davies on 27th September 2015 at 16:15

The Pulley in your photon came from Number 4 Head Gear at Bickershaw Collery Leigh Appox., 1988 it was taken down on a routine change

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