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

  1. john lishman

    July 15, 2010 at 5:04 AM

    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

    April 22, 2011 at 12:48 AM

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

  3. Steve

    January 2, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    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

    March 21, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    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

    March 21, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    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

    June 28, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    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

    July 2, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    I’ve seen the pennies

  8. william strthrn

    July 3, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    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

    July 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    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.

    • scheong

      July 3, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      Hi Will, Yes, point well-taken. I’ll fix up the mistake.

  10. Dave Wilcox

    November 3, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    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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