Big Ben - Inside the Famous Clock

"Big Ben," London's famous clock, began keeping time on May 31, 1859. It first-chimed on July 11th, that same year. 

Here are a few interesting facts to know (and issues to ponder) regarding this awesome clock (and its famous chimes):

  • Do you know that pennies were used, in a very special way, to keep the clock accurate? 
  • Do you know the measurements of its largest bell, called Big Ben?  (Hint:  it weighs 13 tons.)

This video - by Guy Fox - provides delightful background on the inner workings of one of the most-recognized clocks (and beautifully chiming bells) in the world. 

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5197stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2020

Media Credits

Clip from Guy Fox video on Big Ben, online courtesy GuyFoxTV's channel at YouTube.  Copyright GuyFoxTV, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes.


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