11 comments on “Putting a Penny On: St. Stephen’s Tower and Big Ben

  1. john lishman says:

    that was a very inter resting read i had to read it twice my dad once told me before he died god rest him about the pennys i just thought yeah right so he was right after all

  2. kelsey says:

    this really helped me with my project…espically after everyone i know told me that i was wrong. TAKE THAT MOM!!

  3. Steve says:

    Actually St Stephen’s Tower is NOT the clock’s tower. That’s simply known as the Clock Tower.

    St Stephen’s Tower is actually the larger tower at the other end of the Houses of Parliament but it doesn’t have a clock.

  4. Andrew says:

    Actually the larger tower at the opposite end from the clock tower is Victoria Tower. It houses fireproof document storage rooms.
    The smaller central tower is simply The Central Tower. It sits above the octagonal Central Lobby.

    St. Stephen’s Tower is a small entrance tower on the western facade of the building. It is the public entrance to the Houses of Parliament and barely extends above the roof-line, so is not that noticeable as a tower!

  5. Andrew says:

    Also, I’ve never heard the expression ‘to put a penny on’; and contrary to what your post says, adding a penny to the clock’s pendulum actually INCREASES the speed of the clock. Just saying ;-)

  6. Pettsson says:

    There is no St Stephen’s Tower, the name is a nickname from Victorian times when people (journalist specifically, I’ve been told) refered to every decision from Westminister as “from St Stephen’s” because the MPs would meet in St Stephen’s Hall

  7. Alfred says:

    I’ve seen the pennies

  8. william strthrn says:

    a couple of coments here are absolutely correct, the clock tower has no proper name. but there is recent talk about naming it elizabeth tower since it is our present queens diamond jubilee this year.

  9. william strathern says:

    excuse my spelling in the last comment…however shahan i hope you ammend this blog since a lot of young people use the internet for school work and accuracy is important.

  10. Dave Wilcox says:

    The old mechanical clock could be regulated to rival atomic clock accuracy by employing a set of electromagnetic coils to accelerate or decelerate the pendulum just enough to stay perfectly in step with an atomic reference clock.

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