Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fact of the Day: Big Ben

The famous clock tower known as Big Ben is just a nickname. It's official name is the Elizabeth Tower after Queen Elizabeth II though the name was changed in 2012 as it was just The Clock Tower beforehand. The Big Ben name is most likely named after Benjamin Hall, who was a Whig politician from the 19th century and a baron. 

13 comments:

baili said...

thank you for informative post.and happy birthday to your lovely wife ,may she see many more

Terry said...

I never knew that even though I've stood right underneath it.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite places ever.

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

One of my goals in life is to see Big Ben!

Pat Hatt said...

Big Ben was all I knew it as

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I think that Big Ben is the nickname of the large bell inside the tower, to be precise. But it gets applied to the tower as a whole by extension.

Christine said...

Never knew that!

Jen said...

I would love to visit there some day, it looks amazing!

Lowcarb team member said...

Interesting information.
To so many (including me) it is simply 'Big Ben'

All the best Jan

Martha said...

I've actually seen it in person.

stephen Hayes said...

Stayed in a nearby hotel once and Big Ben is really loud.

happyone said...

I agree with you, Big Ben is actually the bell.

Huggybear said...

Look at this link for info.
http://toptravellists.com/big-ben-facts/

I agree wholeheartedly with Stephen - IT IS LOUD.
I think you can go on a tour of the Tower but your eardrums
may never be the same again if you are there when it "chimes".
I preferred to keep my eardrums intact so didn't check to see
if a tour was possible.
Colin