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"Chris McKay tells you everything you could possibly want to know about the clock and its bells"
"As with all the best historical object biographies, McKay's book invites us - no forces us - to look at a familiar artefact with entirely fresh and searching eyes. Details we may have previously overlooked now, with McKay's patient guidance, become startlingly apparent, and these revelations are much needed if we are to understand fully the role of technology in our everyday lives."
"A very good book [...], a work which holds the interest of the reader whilst imparting knowledge of both the history and technology of the clock, the tower, and bells; an impressive feat. It is also a book which tells enough to stimulate interest while not being too heavy. If you have only one book on turret clocks, it should probably be this one."
"Technical books can be often be extremely dull for those with only a passing interest in the subject portrayed, but this book succeeds in holding the interest of the reader whilst imparting knowledge of both the the history and technology of our horological heritage. If you only ever buy one book on clocks this should most definitely be it."
"As somebody with more than a passing interest in clocks I can endorse the reviewer's verdict that this book is a masterpiece and is of interest to the general reader as well as the specialist. The fascinating story of the libel case which the then owners of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry won against the formidable Edmund Beckett Denison would alone make it attractive to ringers."
Editor Ringing World.
Big Ben: The Great Clock and Bells at the Palace of Westminster
288 pages 260 b/w halftones, plus 8pp colour plate section 246x189mm
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Launch July 2010
* Comprehensive detailed history
* Extensively illustrated
* New previously unpublished material
* Appeals to the specialist and the general reader
* Full technical descriptions of the clock and bells
This book covers the history of 'Big Ben', the great clock and bells at
The book begins by taking the reader through a typical visit to the Clock Tower, and then begins the history of the
The book is richly illustrated, and will appeal not only to clockmakers and horologists, but to bell enthusiasts, and those with an interest in our rich Victorian heritage.Readership: Historical horologists, practical horologists, bell historians, bell ringers, tourists, the technically-minded public, historians of Victoriana.
Foreword by Mike McCann, Keeper of the Great Clock
1: Big Ben: a Brief History
2: A Visit to the Clock Tower
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
19: The 150th Celebrations
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