By Chris McKay
Big Ben covers the historical past 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 one hundred and fiftieth anniversary in 2009. The e-book starts by way of taking the reader via a standard stopover at to the Clock Tower, after which starts the heritage of the palace of Westminster, protecting the hearth of 1834, the construction of the hot homes of Parliament and improvement of the clock and the bells, going into aspect on their layout and set up. The publication covers the well-known cracking of the present bell enormous Ben in 1859, with sketches of all of the characters concerned, the 2 global wars, and the catastrophe of 1976. The publication ends with an in depth technical description of the clock mechanism. The e-book is richly illustrated, and should allure not just to clockmakers and horologists, yet to bell lovers, and people with an curiosity in our wealthy Victorian history.
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On the Thursday night, that the Houses of Parliament were burning. Since the information could not have travelled the 120 miles in a few hours, then the narrative of Mr Cooper implied that the ﬁ re must have been arson. A detailed investigation could not corroborate his account, which must have been caused by Cooper confusing times and dates; the news had certainly reached Birmingham the next morning. The report on the causes of the ﬁ re read just like a modern-day horriﬁc accident, where a chain of events, rather than a single episode, were responsible for the outcome.
The striking train is released a few seconds before the hour, then the hammer is raised a fraction more before falling to sound the bell. The hammer is again raised by the clock and falls six seconds later, and so on until the full hour has been struck. After the last blow, the hammer is raised almost to the point of dropping to be ready for the next hour. On coming out of the bell enclosure, we look towards New Palace Yard; our progress is barred by a railing. Looking downwards, we see that the ﬂooring is a cast-iron grating; once we focus our eyes through the grating we see that we are looking down the inside of the great air shaft, which descends out of sight.
One major requirement was that the Clock Tower had to contain a major air shaft that ran from the ﬁ rst storey all the way up to the belfry. This measured around 8 feet by 16 feet; initially the idea was to draw fresh air in at the top of the shaft and then distribute it through the Palace. Although Reid was dismissed in 1852, work on the Clock Tower had started and the air shaft was built. The whole of the ventilation system was a problem; by the time the clock came to be installed, Barry had altered the ventilation scheme so that the air shaft was being used as a chimney.