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Big Ben

Big Ben


Big Ben Facts and Figures:

How Big is Ben? 9'-0" diameter, 7'-6" high, and weighing in at 13 tons 10 cwts 3 qtrs 15lbs (13,760 Kg)

When? Big Ben was cast on Saturday 10th April 1858, with the first chime rung in situ on 31st May 1859.

Where? Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London.

By Whom? George Mears, then the master bellfounder and owner of the foundry.

How Much? UKP 2,401 for casting the bell (However this was offset to the sum of UKP 1,829 by the metal reclaimed from a previous bell so that the actual invoice submitted, on 28th May 1858, was for UKP 572.

"Big Ben" does not refer to the whole clocktower, but to the huge thirteen ton bell that strikes the hour.