Big Ben: the Great Clock and the Bells at the Palace of Westminster

Hardcover | June 27, 2010

byChris McKay

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This book covers the history of 'Big Ben', the great clock and bells at Westminster, from the origins of Westminster as the seat of government right up to the celebrations of the Great Clock's 150th anniversary in 2009.The book begins by taking the reader through a typical visit to the Clock Tower, and then begins the history of the palace of Westminster, covering the fire of 1834, the building of the New Houses of Parliament and development of the clock and the bells, going into detail on their design andinstallation. The book covers the famous cracking of the current bell Big Ben in 1859, with sketches of all the characters involved, the two world wars, and the disaster of 1976. The book ends with a detailed technical description of the clock mechanism.The book is richly illustrated, and will appeal not only to clockmakers and horologists, but to bell enthusiasts, and those with an interest in our rich Victorian heritage.

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This book covers the history of 'Big Ben', the great clock and bells at Westminster, from the origins of Westminster as the seat of government right up to the celebrations of the Great Clock's 150th anniversary in 2009.The book begins by taking the reader through a typical visit to the Clock Tower, and then begins the history of the pa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pagesPublished:June 27, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199585695

ISBN - 13:9780199585694

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Table of Contents

ForewordIntroduction1. Big Ben: a Brief History2. A Visit to the Clock Tower3. The Palace of Westminster to 18344. The Great Fire of 18345. A New Palace: 1835 Onwards6. Plans and Specifications for the Great Clock: 1844 - 18527. The Great Clock is Built: 1852-18548. The Bells: 1856-18589. The Dials10. The Development of the Gravity Escapement11. The Great Clock is Installed and Set Going12. Big Ben Cracks: 1859 - 186313. The Clock Ticks On: 1863 - 190014. Through Two World Wars: 1900 - 200015. The Disaster of 197616. The Restoration in 200717. The Great Clock-- A Complete Description18. Miscellaneous19. The 150th Anniversary Celebration20. Postscript