Big Ben, London

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Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London.

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 often extended to refer to the clock or the clock tower as well.

Big Ben is the largest four-faced chiming clock and the third-tallest freestanding clock tower in the world. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in May 2009 (the clock itself first ticking on 31 May),4 during which various celebratory events took place

The clock is famous for its reliability. The designers were the lawyer and amateur horologist Edmund Beckett Denison, and the Astronomer Royal and Mathematician George Airy. Construction was entrusted to clockmaker Edward John Dent, who completed the work in 1854. As the Tower was not complete until 1859, Denison had time to experiment: Instead of using the deadbeat escapement as originally designed, Denison invented the double three-legged gravity escapement. This escapement provides the best separation between pendulum and clock mechanism. The pendulum is installed within an enclosed windproof box sunk beneath the clock room. It is 3.9m long, weighs 300 kg and beats every 2 seconds. The clockwork mechanism in a room below weighs 5 tons.

I chose to do this as a separate location to the Palace of Westminster because there is so much history to it and felt it deserved its own spot, And therefore gives me more chances to rant about that history. I was quite lucky when shooting this on the day because the sky was cloudy which gave most of the shots quite a moody feel which I crave for when lomographing,

One of the first things I found out about the tower was that on 10 May 1941, a German bombing raid damaged two of the clock faces and sections of the tower’s stepped roof and destroyed the House of Commons chamber. So architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed a new five-floor block. The current chamber, which was used for the first time on 26 October 1950, occupies two floors.

And despite the heavy bombing the clock ran accurately and chimed throughout the Blitz. (Although the bells continued to ring, the clock faces were darkened at night through World War II to prevent guiding Blitz pilots) This great building has loads of history behind it and if like me you love abit of old history I would strongly advise looking it up on the internet because you will be pleasantly surprised about what you find.

Thanks for reading and i hoped you liked my pictures.

written by spendospend on 2009-11-11 in #world #locations #clock #xpro #jewels-of-the-city #big-ben #provia #london #velvia #lc-a-race #tower

13 Comments

  1. life_on_mars
    life_on_mars ·

    my dream )))

  2. japsix
    japsix ·

    beautiful shots!!!!

  3. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Great photos! Never been in London... :(

  4. nural
    nural ·

    Amazing shots!!!

  5. coca
    coca ·

    beautiful gallery!!! i love London

  6. stouf
    stouf ·

    A very informative text and an incredibly beautiful gallery ! What a post !

  7. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    i love big ben!! lovely gallery~~

  8. vtayeh
    vtayeh ·

    Wow these velvia and provia shots are AMAZING! So Dramatic!

  9. scissorkix
    scissorkix ·

    First off...just absolutely beautiful pics. Secondly, I was wondering what this was taken with? LC-A+?

  10. spendospend
    spendospend ·

    thanks :) it was taken with an Lc-a.

  11. disdis
    disdis ·

    Lomographer Was Here

  12. lucasjl
    lucasjl ·

    "Lomographer was here"
    lucasjl

  13. little_porcelain
    little_porcelain ·

    Lomographer was here
    little_porcelain

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