"Tom Tower" Top 5 Page for this destination Christ Church Tip by barryg23

Christ Church, Oxford: 29 reviews and 45 photos

  Tom Tower
by barryg23

At the entrance to Christ Church stands the imposing Tom Tower, yet another of Christopher Wren's designs (this guy was busy!).

The famous bell, Great Tom, rings 101 times every evening at 9.05, and not surprisingly these numbers have a significance. The time is thus chosen as Oxford is five minutes from Greenwich (plus it signals the hour at which students in Oxford were supposed to be in bed), while 101 is number of students in Christ Church when the college was original founded.

More recently, Tom Tower has featured a few times on the website ihaveshaggedhere.com. One interesting entry on this site had as an afterword - "Melissa, do you want your knickers back?"

Phone: 01865 276150
Website: http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/

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  • Written May 26, 2003
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