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Why is this bell called “Big Ben”? When the great bell was cast1 in London foundry in 1858, the question of its name was discussed in Parliament. One member said, “Why not call it Big Ben?”
There was much laughter among the members because the man in charge of public buildings was Sir Benjamin Hall, a very tall, stout man whose nickname was “Big Ben”.
From that time the bell has been known as Big Ben. The bell is 7 foot 6 inches high, and 9 foot 6 inches across the mouth. It weighs 13.5 tons (about the same as two double-decker buses). “Big Ben” is the name of the bell only – not the clock, and not the tower.