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  Big Ben
by ATXtraveler

There are quite a few points of confusion in regard to what exactly Big Ben is. When most people refer to the structure that holds the clock next to the House of Parliment, they simply refer it as Big Ben. The British however just consider the actual bell itself to be Big Ben.

There are varied rumors as to what figure gave Big Ben its name, and here are the two most common.

1. It was named after Benjamin Caunt, who was a very popular heavyweight boxer in the UK.

2. It was named after Sir Benjamin Hill, who was known to carry many extra pounds, and was the Parliamentary Commisioner of Works.

I would guess number 2 is probably a little more accurate, but I would love to hear from someone across the pond as to the truth to either of these legends.

Big Ben Facts and Figures:

How Big is Ben? 9'-0" diameter, 7'-6" high, and weighing in at 13 tons 10 cwts 3 qtrs 15lbs (13,760 Kg)

When? Big Ben was cast on Saturday 10th April 1858, with the first chime rung in situ on 31st May 1859.

Where? Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London.

By Whom? George Mears, then the master bellfounder and owner of the foundry.

How Much? UKP 2,401 for casting the bell (However this was offset to the sum of UKP 1,829 by the metal reclaimed from a previous bell so that the actual invoice submitted, on 28th May 1858, was for UKP 572.

Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Directions: Nearest Tube, Westminster Station. Near Bridge St.
Phone: 020 7219 4272
Website: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/gallbigb.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 23, 2005
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