News Display: Big Ben Rings Out!
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 05/01/2017
Uploaded: 05/15/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: Bell, Big Ben, clock, horology, London

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Description/Abstract: News Display: Big Ben Rings Out!, Wednesday, 5/31


Did you know that Big Ben, the famous bell inside the iconic London clock tower, rang out for the first time on May 31st, 1859? Designed by Edmund Beckett Denison and built E.J. Dent & Co, the clock tower had four faces, each 23 feet across, and a bell weighing in at more than 13 tons. So heavy was the bell that it was transported to Westminster by a team of sixteen horses, and was found not to withstand the heavier weight of the striker. The massive bell cracked within two months of use, and earned a new and lighter hammer that could be applied to all the bell's surfaces. Despite its long-standing and infamous crack, Big Ben functions to this day!

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