Big Ben: The Great Clock and the Bells at the Palace of by Chris McKay

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.

Show description

Read or Download Big Ben: The Great Clock and the Bells at the Palace of Westminster PDF

Best antiques & collectibles books

Conflict in Afghanistan: A Historical Encyclopedia (Roots of Modern Conflict)

A entire A–Z learn of the historical past of clash in Afghanistan from 1747 to the current. • Over forty illustrations, together with the Buddha statues at Bamyan, Kabul; Afghanistan's tricky terrain; Taliban and Mujahideen warring parties; and Soviet troops• particular maps, together with the humanitarian scenario in September 2001, provinces and significant cities, ethnolinguistic teams within the zone, and the border with Pakistan

Can I Have Your Autograph?: The Hidden Secrets of Getting Autographs from the Rich and Famous

I found the hidden secrets and techniques of having autographs from the wealthy and well-known … and that i proportion it all with you in my booklet “Can i've got Your Autograph”. listed below are quite a few of the numerous stuff you will examine in my booklet! • the right way to create an autograph assortment worthy millions of greenbacks … at nearly free of charge!

Grind a Blade the R.J. Martin Way

Writer R. J. Martin, whose knives are probably the most well known and sought-after within the undefined, instructs on flat- and double-hollow-grinding knife blades. Martin been featured in BLADE® journal with expanding frequency, and this is your likelihood to benefit his equipment for blade grinding. you will not be dissatisfied.

Early Pottery in the Southeast: Tradition and Innovation in Cooking Technology

A Dan Josselyn Memorial PublicationAmong southeastern Indians pottery was once an innovation that more desirable the commercial worth of local meals and the potency of nutrition guidance. yet even supposing pottery was once to be had within the Southeast as early as 4,500 years in the past, it took approximately millenia prior to it was once typical.

Additional resources for Big Ben: The Great Clock and the Bells at the Palace of Westminster

Sample text

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.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.68 of 5 – based on 4 votes