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By Chris McKay

Big Ben covers the heritage of 'Big Ben', the good clock and bells at Westminster, from the origins of Westminster because the seat of presidency correct as much as the celebrations of the good Clock's a hundred and fiftieth anniversary in 2009. The ebook starts off through taking the reader via a customary stopover at to the Clock Tower, after which starts the heritage of the palace of Westminster, protecting the fireplace of 1834, the construction of the hot homes of Parliament and improvement of the clock and the bells, going into element on their layout and install. The ebook covers the well-known cracking of the present bell great Ben in 1859, with sketches of all of the characters concerned, the 2 global wars, and the catastrophe of 1976. The booklet ends with an in depth technical description of the clock mechanism. The booklet is richly illustrated, and should allure not just to clockmakers and horologists, yet to bell fanatics, and people with an curiosity in our wealthy Victorian background.

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Holes in the tube allow air in and this means that if the temperature changes suddenly then the compensation system can respond faster. Having carefully avoided touching the pendulum, we leave the pendulum pit and close the trap behind us. Turning our attention now to the top of the pendulum we see that is suspended by a thin spring that hangs from a massive cast-iron bracket let into the wall of the air shaft. The pendulum rod begins as a rod and then soon there is a collar where the assembly of compensation tubes starts.

The New Year is heralded by the chimes, which are broadcast across the world. Winding the Clock With the hour just struck it’s time to wind the clock. An electric motor installed below the movement connects with the quarter and hourstriking barrels and this relieves the team of some long and hard work, but the going train is still wound manually. The team of clockmakers demonstrate how this is done but first we are handed ear defenders. The motor is started, which gives a deep vibration to the floor and, with the clutches thrown in, winding commences.

Creating some solid foundations took considerably longer than expected: a coffer dam was built along the river front and, once the water was pumped out, thousands of tons of concrete were poured in. Once Mrs Barry had laid the foundation stone on 27 April 1840, the real work of building could commence. Grissell and Peto won the building contract; Peto was later to get a knighthood and a large fortune for his building endeavours. Barry was never far from confl ict; fi rst, regarding his fee, which the Government was intent on reducing to a minimum.

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