A Wheel In The Middle Of A Wheel
In the Wesleyan Chapel, Yeadon, Drawings will
be shown and a Lecture delivered by Mr Wm. Starkey of Yeadon on Saturday July
25th when he hopes to be able to satisfy his already excited friends and
the public that all his assertions and expectations in reference to the above
subject will be realised.
He has already obtained Her Majesty's
Royal Letters Patent and Great Seal for 14 years.
He will give all the details
of it's symmetry and motion as described in the Word of God, by his servant
Ezekiel, in the 1st and 10th chapters and which, when understood and properly
applied is mighty in power and useful beyond description.
Chair to be taken at half past 5 by Mr
Wm. Pearson, Practical Engineer, Birstal - a Methodist. Tickets 2s 6d for
reserved seats ; 1s for the bottom of the chapel and above the cross aisles of
the gallery, may be had of the chapel keeper, of Mr Starkey or at the
If any remain unsold till the night of the lecture they may be
had at the gates.
An early application is necessary as only a limited number
can be accommodated.
All who intend being present should read the chapters referred
to and bring their Bibles.
The proceeds to be appropriated to cleaning and
painting the chapel & c"
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling
Additional text by Christine Lovedale
This article is about William Starkey's (1801 - 1879)
ambition to construct a perpetual motion machine which would provide power for
the mill he had built , Leafield Mill on Kirk Lane.
He was a zealous Methodist
and lay preacher and believed that Ezekiel's wheel as described in the Bible
was a viable device.
The mill had been constructed with 4 storeys to house the mechanics
of the proposed wheel.
The bottom floor was laid with a large circle
of stones projecting out, in theory this was to hold the giant wheel which
would have been the centre of the motion machinery in a stable position. The
wheel would have hollow "s" shaped spokes containing iron balls to
move it round when they rolled round, thus creating perpetual motion.
Unfortunately no iron founder could be
located to cast a wheel of such huge proportions so his theory was never put to