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Big Ben; the great clock and the bells at the Palace of Westminster.

9780199585694

Big Ben; the great clock and the bells at the Palace of Westminster.

McKay, Chris.

Oxford U. Press

2010

279 pages

$75.00

Hardcover

TS543

In this first comprehensive history of Big Ben, McKay takes readers from the origins of Westminster as the seat of government to the celebrations of the clock's 150th anniversary in 2009. Along with many b&w photos and some colorplates, he first describes a typical visit to the clock tower, then discusses its fascinating history, including the fire of 1834, the building of the new Houses of Parliament and development of the clock and bells, and their design and installation. He relates the cracking of the current bell in 1859, the two world wars, the disaster of 1976, and the restoration of 2007, ending with a technical description of the clock mechanism. The book is aimed at clockmakers and horologists, bell enthusiasts, and general readers.

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