Big Ben's glorious face UNVEILED just in time to bong for New Year!


The famous clock face has been revealed for the first time since 2017. The clock-face now shows how conservation work and restoration has returned the landmark to its original colour scheme. Big Ben will chime 12 times to mark the end of 2021.

The tower that houses Big Ben is called the Elizabeth Tower and is 96-metres tall.

The base of the tower is square and measures 12 metres on each side.

The Great Bell, also known as Big Ben, has been mostly hidden from view since a £79.7m conservation projection began four years ago.

Ian Westworth, a parliamentary clock mechanic, spoke to the Guardian and said it had been a huge privilege for the team to have “had our hands on every single nut and bolt” of the famous clock.

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When completed in 1859, its clock was the largest and most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world.

The dials of the Big Ben clock are 6.9 metres in diameter.

All four nations of the UK are represented on clockface on the Elizabeth Tower.

There are shields on the clock-face showing the emblems of each nation in the UK.

A rose represents England, a thistle for Scotland, a shamrock for Northern Ireland, and leek for Wales.

On 31 May 2009, celebrations were held to mark the tower’s 150th anniversary.

Inside the Elizabeth Tower is an oak-panelled Prison Room.

This room is reached from the House of Commons and was last used in 1880 when atheist Charles Bradlaugh was imprisoned by the Serjeant at Arms of the Houses of Parliament after he protested against swearing a religious oath of allegiance to Queen Victoria.


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