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Author McKay, Chris.

Title Big Ben : the great clock and the bells at the Palace of Westminster / Chris McKay.

Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  681.113094213 MCKA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 279 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 26 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. ̀Big Ben'---a brief history -- 2. A Visit to the Clock Tower -- 3. The Palace of Westminster to 1834 -- 4. The Great Fire of 1834 -- 5. A New Palace: 1835 Onwards -- 6. Plans, Specifications, and Tenders for the Great Clock: 1844 to1852 -- 7. The Great Clock is Built: 1852 to 1854 -- 8. The Bells: 1856 to 1858 -- 9. The Dials -- 10. The Development of the Gravity Escapement -- 11. The Great Clock is Installed and Set Going -- 12. Big Ben Cracks: 1859 to 1863 -- 13. The Clock Ticks on: 1863 to 1900 -- 14. Through Two World Wars: 1900 to 2000 -- 15. The Disaster of 1976 -- 16. The Restoration of 2007 -- 17. The Great Clock---A Complete Description -- 18. Iconic Big Ben -- 19. The 150th Anniversary Celebrations -- 20. Conclusion -- Appendix A. Weights and Measures -- Appendix B. Clock Tower Data.
Summary "̀Big Ben', the great clock and bells at Westminster, is one of the most iconic landmarks in Britain. From the origins of Westminster as the seat of government right up to the celebrations of the Great Clock's 150th anniversary in 2009, this book tells the story of the clock, bells, and tower." "The reader is first taken step-by-step through a typical visit to the Clock Tower, and then the history of the Palace of Westminster is told, covering the fire of 1834, the building of the new Houses of Parliament and the development of the clock and the bells, going into fascinating detail on their design and installation. The book covers the famous cracking of the current bell, Big Ben, in 1859, with sketches of all the characters involved, the two World Wars, and the disaster of 1976. The book ends with a detailed technical description of the clock mechanism." "The book is richly illustrated, and will appeal not only to clockmakers and horologists, but to bell enthusiasts, and those with an interest in our rich Victorian heritage."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Westminster Palace (London, England) -- History.
Big Ben (Tower clock)
ISBN 9780199585694