Leaving the mill, Mr Monkey scampered down to see the great wheel. The original cost £7,736 in 1819, but was removed in 1903 when a water turbine system was installed. This replacement is an 1851 Fairburn wheel, salvaged from Pateley bridge in 1980. Many of the paddles on the wheel have plates showing that they were paid for by local individuals, businesses or organisations. The wheel moves quite slowly, but it is the most powerful waterwheel in England, and it powers all the machinery in the weaving shed.
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