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  • The Great Wheel Earls Court

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  • The Great Wheel stood next to the railway track at Earls Court station.
  • It weighed 500 tons and had eight inclined columns supporting it which added a further 600 tons.
  • To rotate the structure there were two 50hp steam engines providing the power. These would drive it enough to take 20 minutes for each full circle.
  • The Great Wheel of London had 40 cars each of which carried a maximum of 40 passengers.
  • The closest it came to an accident was in May 1896 when the wheel stuck and passengers spent four hours stranded.
  • The wheel carried two and a half million passengers in its lifetime before 'ceasing to be profitable' and being dismantled by the same engineers who built it.

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Architect
Maudslay, Sons & Field

Reference Data

Reference No.
4731
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
12-11-2014
 

Building Location

Address
Lillie Road, Earls Court, London. SW6 1TR
Council
Hammersmith and Fulham
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Demolished
Proposal date
1894
Construction start date
1894
Completion date
1895
Demolition Date
1907

Roof Height (AGL)
91.00

Market Data

Primary Use
Ferris Wheel


Construction Cost
£59,000.00
Budget Date
1895

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