Big Ben Facts | Interesting Facts about Big Ben: Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower as well. Here are few interesting facts about Big Ben:
Big Ben Facts
- London’s “Big Ben” is not the tower. It’s the bell inside it.
- If London’s Big Ben was built today, it would cost about US$222,000.
- In 1949, a flock of starlings perched on the minute hand of Big Ben, slowing it by 4.5 minutes.
- British Pennies are used to adjust the time in London’s Big Ben clock tower.
- In August 2015, Big Ben’s Clock was discovered to be running 6 seconds fast, and coins were removed from its pendulum to correct the error.
Amazing Big Ben Facts
- The tower where Big Ben is located is officially known as “Elizabeth Tower.” It was completed in 1859.
- The company which maintains Big Ben has staff on 24-hour call should something go wrong.
- London’s Big Ben clock tower is leaning much like the Tower of Pisa.
- Clocksmiths climb the 334 stairs of the Elizabeth Tower 3 times a week to wind Big Ben’s clock, whose timing can be affected by the weather, atmospheric pressure or simply by being 156 years old.
- During WW2, the lights of Big Ben were dimmed so that German bombers could not use it for reference.
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Unknown Facts about Big Ben
- The 15-minute chimes on Big Ben have lyrics: “All through this hour / Lord be my guide / And by Thy, power / No foot shall slide.”
- Turning back the giant hands on Big Ben’s four clock faces takes an incredible 5 hours in total.
- It is believed that London’s Big Ben was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works, whose name is inscribed on the bell. Others attest that the bell was named after Ben Caunt, a champion heavyweight boxer.
- For 2 years during WW1, the Big Ben’s bells were silenced and the clock was not illuminated at night to avoid guiding attacking German Zeppelins.
- The Liberty Bell and Big Ben were cast by the same bell foundry and both bells are cracked.
These are the various facts about Big Ben.