Great Wheel

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Great Wheel
Great Wheel.jpg
General information
Location Earls Court, London
Coordinates 51°29′18″N 0°11′56″W / 51.48835°N 0.19889°W / 51.48835; -0.19889Coordinates: 51°29′18″N 0°11′56″W / 51.48835°N 0.19889°W / 51.48835; -0.19889
Construction started 1894
Opening 17 July 1895
Demolished 1907
Height 94 m (308 ft)
Design and construction
Structural engineer Adam Gaddelin and Gareth Watson
Main contractor Maudslay, Son and Field

The Great Wheel was built for the Empire of India Exhibition at Earls Court, London, in the United Kingdom. Construction began in March 1894 at the works of Maudslay, Son and Field in Greenwich[1][2] and it opened to the public on 17 July 1895.[3] Modelled on the original Chicago Ferris Wheel, it was 94 metres (308 ft) tall[4] and 82.3 metres (270 ft) in diameter.[5][6][7] It stayed in service until 1906, by which time its 40 cars (each with a capacity of 40 persons) had carried over 2.5 million passengers. It was demolished in 1907[8] following its last use at the Imperial Austrian Exhibition.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clive Aslet, The story of Greenwich 
  2. ^ The Great Wheel, Earl's Court Exhibition Ground
  3. ^ The Ferris Wheel's London Rival
  4. ^ Spot the difference: London landmarks, then and now
  5. ^ Anderson Norman. Ferris Wheels:An illustrated history. p. 97. ISBN 087972532X. 
  6. ^ Richard Weingardt. Circles in the Sky: The Life and Times of George Ferris. p. 109. ISBN 0784410100. 
  7. ^ Richard Moreno. A Short History of Carson City. p. 74. ISBN 0874178363. 
  8. ^ The Great Wheel, London
  9. ^ Anderson Norman. Ferris Wheels:An illustrated history. p. 100. ISBN 087972532X. 
Preceded by
Ferris Wheel
World's tallest Ferris wheel
1895-1900
Succeeded by
Grande Roue de Paris