Thursday, 10 April 2008

Happy Birthday Big Ben

Big BenThe Big Ben bell is 150 years old today! Ding Dong!

Whilst Big Ben did not actually chime in the Clock Tower until 31st May 1859, it was on this day in 1858 that the giant bell was cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. The most famous bell in the world was the largest ever to be cast there and cost a mere £572!

The giant hour bell weighs a staggering 13 tons and stands 7 feet and 6 inches high with a diameter of 9 feet.

Coincidentally, Big Ben (the most commonly used name for the Clock Tower which houses the bell) was named Britain’s favourite landmark in poll results announced yesterday.

Congratulations Big Ben!

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