Big Ben: The Great Clock and the Bells at the Palace of by Chris McKay

By Chris McKay

Big Ben covers the background of 'Big Ben', the good clock and bells at Westminster, from the origins of Westminster because the seat of presidency correct as much as the celebrations of the nice Clock's one hundred and fiftieth anniversary in 2009. The booklet starts by way of taking the reader via a regular stopover at to the Clock Tower, after which starts the background of the palace of Westminster, masking the fireplace of 1834, the construction of the hot homes of Parliament and improvement of the clock and the bells, going into element on their layout and set up. The e-book covers the well-known cracking of the present bell substantial Ben in 1859, with sketches of the entire characters concerned, the 2 international wars, and the catastrophe of 1976. The ebook ends with a close technical description of the clock mechanism. The publication is richly illustrated, and may allure not just to clockmakers and horologists, yet to bell lovers, and people with an curiosity in our wealthy Victorian history.

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After about 5 seconds, at two seconds to the hour, the striking train is released with a bang, which then starts to run, lifting the bell hammer the last necessary fraction and letting it drop with a resounding note from Big Ben aloft. Blow after blow sounds and then, when the hour, is complete we are treated to another earshattering clatter as the striking fly spins to a halt. is another count wheel; this time the notches are spaced at increasing intervals and these determine the number of blows to be struck each hour.

With the weight shaft access door safely locked, we exit Room 7 and head downwards. It is nice to be going down, much easier work than coming up. Weight Shaft We reach another door, number 7. Upon entering, we see that we are inside the room directly below the dials. Unlike the other rooms, this room has very short windows and a lower ceiling. Peering out of a window, we see that the tower walls appear to be very thick here. In fact, the tower here starts to swell out just below this level, so we can see the overhanging projection of the dials above.

Crossing an access walkway over the plant we see the brick arch of the weight shaft and a large pile of sandbags on the floor. Above us, the shaft soars up out of view; with the help of a very powerful torch the weights can just be discerned way above. It was into this place some 150 years ago that the Great 26 our private tour Bell was carefully manhandled and then hauled up to the belfry over 200 feet above. Our fi nal visit is to look at the north side base of the tower. Here we see the stone that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the clock, bells, and completion of the Clock Tower.

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