One of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, the Clock Tower features four huge clock faces. At one time, it was the largest four-faced clock in the world. Many Londoners refer to the Clock Tower, and the Great Bell,collectively, as “Big Ben”. However, Big Ben is actually the nickname of only the Bell.
How did the Great Bell get nicknamed Big Ben? Some people believe it was named after a boxer named Benjamin Caunt, who was the English Heavyweight Champion. Others believe the Great Bell was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw the installation of the Great Bell. Since Sir Benjamin Hall’s name is inscribed on the Great Bell, many people believe it’s most likely that he was the source of the Great Bell’s nickname.
The Great Bell earns its Big Ben nickname. At over 7 feet tall and over 9 feet wide, the Great Bell weighs a huge 13.5 tons!