Interesting Facts about
attention is given to the chimes of Big Ben. But how much do we know about the
famous Westminster clock? There are many people who ask when was Big Ben built
or who built it, but for these facts you can easily find an answer on our
page you can find some interesting and lesser known facts about Big
generally applied to the clock and tower, the name 'Big Ben' was
originally given to the hour bell cast by John Warner and Sons in
The 'Ben' in
the name is thought to be a tribute to Sir Benjamin Hall,
commissioner of works for the project, who was, appropriately, a
man of great size.
The diameter of
each of the clock's four dials is 23ft and each contains 312 panes
The hour hands are 9ft long, the minute hands are
14ft long, and the numerals are 2ft high.
The hour bell - Big Ben itself - chimes the note
The 'Westminster Chimes', played on the
quarterhour, were once the Cambridge Chimes, having first sounded on the clock at Great St Mary's,
In 1857, the original Big Ben bell cracked under
the weight of the striking hammer. See bellow a picture of New Big Ben
Bell from that period:
The New Big Ben Bell 1858
The base of each clock face bears a Latin phrase:
'Domine salvam fac reginam nostram Victoriam Primam'. This means 'Lord save our Queen Victoria
The first radio broadcast of Big Ben's chimes was
to welcome in the New Year of 1924.
Big Ben's clock lost four-and-a-half minutes in
August 1949 when a flock of starlings perched on a minute hand.