Big Ben clock
The famous Big Ben watch with its accuracy and its massive 15.1 tons bell is located north of the Parliament Building in Westminster district in London. The name Big Ben stands for the huge clock bell specifically, but it is generally used to refer to the entire clock tower, which was known as the St. Stephen’s Tower until In 2012, his name was changed to Elizabeth Tower on the occasion of the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee and the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II on the British throne.
The stories that explain why the watch is called by this name differ, but two main stories emerge from it: the first is that it was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, the London business commissioner at the time, while the second reports that it was named after the famous boxer Benjamin Kount.
Big Ben watch builder
After a fire destroyed most of the landmarks of Westminster Palace, the official seat of the British Parliament in October of 1834, a landmark emerged from the construction of the current palace and was a large hour above the tower, after which the royal astronomer Sir George Erie decided to make the watch with high accuracy, and to be examined Twice a day with the Royal Greenwich Observatory, he succeeded with the help of Edmund Beckett Dennison, a prominent lawyer who was known for his expertise in watch science and time science, while watchmakers refuted his idea and said that his idea was impossible.
Big Ben facts
There are many facts that may be unknown to some about Big Ben, and the most important of them are:
- The bell was supposed to be called Royal Victoria.
- The bell broke during his experiment in October of 1857, and was replaced by another bell by George Mears in April of 1858, which also broke in 1959, but the fissure was fixed and the bell was moved.
- The clock tower required construction of 850 square meters of stone, 2,600 square meters of brick, and the restoration process took almost two years due to the need for building materials from Aniston in Yorkshire and Seine in France and Clipsham in Rutland.
- The restoration process was delayed by five years, to end in 1859.
- The clock is ticking.
- There are four little bells behind the Big Ben clock, and it rings when the watch reaches its quarters with the sharp musical notes G sharp, F sharp, E and B.
- The tower is tilted at 0.04 degrees, a degree that can be seen by passers-by who make time to study it closely.
- It is possible to know whether a meeting is taking place in Parliament by looking at the top of the tower, and checking whether the Ayrton Light is lit.