Aireborough Historical Society

1868 Starkey's Wheel

Starkey's Wheel
Date July 1868
Location Yeadon
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                        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 chapel-house.

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 the test.


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