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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

ABC Wednesday: "Big O"!

Today's post for ABC Wednesday is O for "Big O!" and the photo shows the enormous round shape of the old waterwheel at Portland Basin in Ashton.

The waterwheel dates from 1839 and was used for powering the hoists inside the canal warehouse.

For connoisseurs of water wheels this particular one is the high breast-shot suspension type. It is made of wrought iron and has a diameter of 24 feet. There are 416 teeth around the rim which connect by gears with the hoists which lifted goods between floors in the warehouse.

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"Big O" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "O" posts from around the world please follow this link.


  1. I see WHY it's called that!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. Great idea for O. I like the way old water wheels look. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

  3. I saw one of those, I think somewhere in Wiltshire or Hampshire. Oh well...I imagine they're all over the place in England.

    abcw team


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