“Big Ben was beginning to strike, first the warning, musical; then the hour, irrevocable.” — Virginia Woolf (“Mrs. Dalloway”)
London’s famous tower clock known as Big Ben rang for the first time 160 years ago today — and he’s been ringing every hour since then, signaling the time change to the House of Parliament below. Perhaps the world’s most famous timepiece, Big Ben is located at the top of the 320-foot-high Elizabeth Tower, designed by clockmaker Edward John Dent. Now one of England’s most famous landmarks, Big Ben and his signature chimes are a defining feature of London.