Big, Beautiful Ben

Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), LondonElizabeth Tower, London, United Kingdom.

Although this tower, clock, and the bell within are often referred to collectively as Big Ben (hence this post’s title), it is the bell to which the nickname “Big Ben” originally was given. The tower, officially named Elizabeth Tower, displays the Great Clock’s faces and contains the Great Bell (a.k.a. Big Ben).

There are two theories for the origin of the Great Bell’s nickname. Either the Great Bell was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works 1855-1858, or after Ben Caunt, a champion heavyweight boxer of the 1850s. The first theory is thought to be the most likely.


About satnavandcider

An American expat living in England, exploring the United Kingdom and Europe through five senses and a camera lens.
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4 Responses to Big, Beautiful Ben

  1. avian101 says:

    Nice shot! 🙂

  2. Vicky says:

    That is great pic, you’ve captured the detail really well there 🙂

    • satnavandcider says:

      Thanks, Vicky. I was actually surprised by all the tower’s fine details. I didn’t notice many of them when I was actually there. Thank goodness for zoom lenses and big computer screens.

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