In Pictures: Big Ben turns 160

Big Ben turns 160 🔔

7/11/2019

Big Ben turns 160 🔔

London's iconic bell began striking the hour on 11 July 1859.

The Great Bell forms part of the Great Clock in the Elizabeth Tower - commonly known as Big Ben.

The conservation work has seen the bell remain in place, while the Great Clock has been dismantled, involving 11 tonnes of mechanism material.

Clockmaker Edward John Dent died before the work was finished. His stepson finished the clock in 1854 and it was installed in the tower in 1859.

Cadeby stone from near Doncaster, Yorkshire, similar to the original, has been used for repairs.

The cast-iron roof of the tower, made up of 3,433 pieces, has been removed, repaired and replaced.

Read more: BBC News (UK)

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