Big Ben

Although the name Big Ben is most often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell, the name was originally given to the Great Bell and the Great bell alone.

The Elizabeth Tower, located at the north end of the Houses of Parliament, was constructed in 1859. The Great Clock of Big Ben first began to operate on 31 May of the same year (1859) with the strikes of the Great Bell being first heard on 11 July. The iconic quarter bells first chimed on 7 September and the rest as they say, is history.