Found this page while looking for pictures of gerbils on Ferris wheels.

One eye-witness states:
“As a lad I lived in Weston-super-Mare. One day in the 1930s I went to the beach and saw a man trying to drive a huge wheel across the sands. It wasn’t very successful and wobbled about… I have always wondered what it was or whether I imagined it.” (BBC)
Not a very positive report.