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Great Wheel, Earls Court CC97 / 01620

GREAT WHEEL, Earls Court, London. A view from the railway of the 310 feet high wheel with the entertainment grounds beneath (photo taken late 19th century). The grounds were a feature of Earls Court from 1887 until 1914. York and Son

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Circle Leisure Railway Recreation Victorian


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This photograph, titled "Great Wheel, Earls Court" (CC97 / 01620), offers a glimpse into the past of London's iconic Earls Court entertainment grounds. Taken by the renowned photography firm York and Son in the late 19th century, the image showcases the Great Wheel, a thrilling Victorian attraction that stood proudly at a height of 310 feet. The Great Wheel, a grand circular structure, dominated the landscape of Earls Court, providing an exhilarating ride for visitors. The wheel's colossal size is evident in the photograph, dwarfing the surrounding structures and offering a breathtaking view of the entertainment grounds below. The Earls Court grounds, established in 1887, were a hub of leisure and recreation, attracting thousands of visitors each year. The photograph captures the essence of this vibrant and bustling atmosphere, with people milling about the grounds, enjoying various activities. The railway, visible in the background, added to the convenience and accessibility of the entertainment complex. The Great Wheel, with its mesmerizing circular motion and panoramic views, represented the spirit of adventure and excitement that defined the Victorian era. The photograph serves as a testament to the rich history of Earls Court and the enduring appeal of the great wheel as a symbol of entertainment and fun. This photograph, preserved by Historic England, offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, allowing us to appreciate the ingenuity and innovation of the Victorian era and the enduring allure of the great wheel as a beloved attraction.

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