The Mechanical Marvel of "Big Ben"

On May 31, 1859, Elizabeth Tower, also known as "Big Ben," began keeping time for the first time. The name "Big Ben" actually refers to the large, 13-ton bell of the clock tower, but the nickname has also been extended to the entire tower, itself. The current master clockmaker, Ian Westworth, said that when it first began keeping time, it was “the prince of timekeepers: the biggest, most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world.” The "Big Ben" clocktower is probably one of the most prominent and iconic cultural symbols of the United Kingdom.