The Water Wheel Story of the Chaffcombe Water Wheel, its recovery and restoration. Click here for full historic details. From the many photos you can see what condition the wheel was in. Being taken out of original position Original Condition Rusty and left to rot Original Condition before restoration In need of TLC. ! It was below ground Some of the machinery exposed More rust! See the restored version! rust cleaned and painted parts digging out new site wheel in position my lovely waterwheel new paintwork before after The renewed wheel, replaced parts. Sluice erected at the pond cachment Sluice Working In full working order.