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The Great Wheel, Earl's Court Exhibition Ground.

The Great Wheel,

Earl's Court Exhibition Ground

Negative Number: CC97/01620
Photographer: York & Son
Date: c 1900
Reproduced by permission of English Heritage.NMR

The Earl's Court Exhibition made imaginative use of a derelict site between two railway lines. The Great Wheel was based on the famous Ferris wheel at the Chicago Exhibition of 1893. Construction work began on the wheel in March 1894 and it was opened to passengers in July 1895. It had a diameter of 300ft, weighed 1,100 tons and a complete revolution took around twenty minutes. The wheel got stuck in May 1896 when passengers were stranded for four and a half-hours. It was demolished in 1906-7 because it was no longer profitable.

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