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Known as Big Ben, the Clock Tower is at the north end of the New Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament). The bell takes its name from Benjamin Hall who had charge of the work on the first bell

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The bell weighs 13½ tons, is 7½ feet tall and 9 feet in diameter at its mouth. The great bell rings the hours. The note is E sharp. Smaller bells ring the quarter hours

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The Clock Tower is 320 feet high and has four faces with dials 23 feet in diameter. The numbers on the clock face are 2 feet long, the minute spaces are 1 ft. square and the copper minute hands are 14 feet long

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The Tower Bridge is one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. The London Bridge was the only practical way over the Thames so, in 1876, it was decided to build a new bridge. Sir Horace Jones designed a raising bridge so there was enough clearance for the tall mast ships and shallow enough for a horse drawn carriage to negotiate

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The bridge cost of £1,184,000 and ten lives. The bridge was operated by great steam pumping engines. It was a masterpiece of its time and remains an evocative symbol of London

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West Minister Abbey is an English Gothic structure and national shrine. Almost all English monarchs since William I have been crowned in the Abbey and noted English subjects are buried there. The western towers were built between 1722 and 1740

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Buckingham Palace is the Queen's official London home. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to make Buckingham Palace her permanent home. The orginal house was built in 1702 by the Duke of Buckingham on the site of a brothel

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The Victoria Memorial stands in front of Buckingham Palace. The Mall is a wide tree-lined driveway linking Trafalgar Square with Buckingham Palace

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Trafalgar Square is considered the true heart of London. Its central location and sheer size make it a focal point for political demonstrations and public meetings

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Nelson's Column stands on the South side of the Square. Its fluted shaft is nearly 185 feet high and is topped by E.H. Baily's 17 ft. statue of Lord Horatio Nelson, England's greatest naval hero

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