On the last day of 1999, Tony Blair opened the London Eye on the South Bank.

But, just over 104 years earlier, another great Ferris wheel was opened in London – The Great Wheel

This was a 300ft tall wheel, which compares quite favourably with the 440ft diameter of the London Eye frankly considering that it was built a hundred years earlier.

Unlike the Eye though, it was not that popular and closed just 12 years later, in 1906 due to lack of customers.

http://www.photolondon.org.uk/whole_gallery/gnmr_wheel.htm

The Great Wheel

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