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UK parliament’s “Big Ben” bell marks 160 years with silence amid restoration work

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By ITN News Editor July 11, 2019 15:03

UK parliament’s “Big Ben” bell marks 160 years with silence amid restoration work

Britain’s parliament marks 160 years since its “Big Ben” bell first chimed. But the familiar bongs will not ring out to celebrate the occasion as the famous clock-tower is half way through a major restoration project.That work has seen the 96-metre-tall Elizabeth Tower, one of the most photographed buildings in Britain, enveloped in scaffolding as the four clock dials are reglazed, ironwork repainted and intricately carved stonework cleaned and repaired.It is the most extensive conservation programme ever carried out on the tower and has also involved removing the whole of its cast iron roof, made up of 3,433 pieces, for repairs.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 11, 2019 15:03