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Big Ben : the great clock and the bells at the Palace of Westminster

Author: Chris McKay
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Richly illustrated, this book covers the history of Big Ben, the great clock and bells at Westminster, from the origins of Westminster as the seat of government right up to the celebrations of the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris McKay
ISBN: 9780199585694 0199585695
OCLC Number: 549145474
Description: xiv, 279 pages, [6] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Foreword ; Introduction ; 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 and Specifications for the Great Clock: 1844 - 1852 ; 7. The Great Clock is Built: 1852-1854 ; 8. The Bells: 1856-1858 ; 9. The Dials ; 10. The Development of the Gravity Escapement ; 11. The Great Clock is Installed and Set Going ; 12. Big Ben Cracks: 1859 - 1863 ; 13. The Clock Ticks On: 1863 - 1900 ; 14. Through Two World Wars: 1900 - 2000 ; 15. The Disaster of 1976 ; 16. The Restoration in 2007 ; 17. The Great Clock- A Complete Description ; 18. Miscellaneous ; 19. The 150th Anniversary Celebration ; 20. Postscript
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It is a well presented book, with a wealth of interesting facts and figures, and well worth a place on any bookshelf. * Jill Hadfield, Horological Journal * A very good book [...], a work which holds Read more...

 
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