Time standing still for Big Ben.
BIG BEN was today being stopped for maintenance work, which will include retuning.
The famous clock will be stopped from after the 0800 chimes until about 1600 tomorrow.
It is the longest stoppage since 1983.
The move is to allow in-house engineers to carry out a thorough planned inspection of the clock in conjunction with specialist testing engineers.
Engineers from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry Noun 1. bell foundry - a foundry where bells are cast
foundry, metalworks - factory where metal castings are produced will also replace the rubber hammer buffers on three of the four quarter bells Quarter bells are the bells that the clock mechanism strikes on each passing quarter of the hour. Often, as in the case of Big Ben, a different tune is played for each quarter. This enables people to be able to tell the time, without actually having to be within sight of the clock face. and the hour bell.
This is routine replacement of parts. The engineers will also need to retune the bells, which may take several hours.
The work is part of a comprehensive maintenance review and is intended to form the basis of a new five and 10-yearly maintenance regime to ensure continued reliability into the foreseeable future.
CLOCKING OFF Clocking Off is a British television drama series which ran on the BBC One network for four series from 2000 to 2003. The series was produced for the BBC by the independent Red Production Company, and created by the acclaimed Paul Abbott. ... The famous chimes will cease until tomorrow afternoon, the longest stoppage in more than 20 years