Marston Hall Donkey Wheel, Martin

A animal-powered pumping mill/wheel in the historic county of Kent, England.

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This donkey wheel, 4.26m (14ft) diameter and 1.21m (4ft) wide, worked until 1912. Here the water delivery arrangements are quite peculiar. The water was emptied from the buckets into a tank at ground level from which it was pumped by hand to a cistern. The braking device, necessary to prevent the bucket returning to the bottom of the well, is worthy of study. A rope is fixed to the wall, taken right round the outside of the wheel, and then attached to a lever. When the lever was moved over the brake rope tightened, and the lever was then locked in place with a peg to keep the brake taut.

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Power source Animal
Mill type
Mill function Pumping mill/wheel
Archive ID 10990
Location Martin
Historic county Kent
Country England, United Kingdom
NGR TR 340 471
Latitude/longitude 51.17522800, 1.34632900



  • Major, J. K. Animal-Powered Engines, (B.T. Batsford Ltd London, 1978)


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