.’. Little Ben in Victoria gone? .’.

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It was a real shock to see it’s disappeared. I pass by Little Ben everyday and one morning I had a bit of a shock when I noticed it was gone. 

Little Ben was manufactured, according to Pevsner, by Gillett & Johnston of Croydon, and was erected in 1892; removed from the site in 1964, and restored and re-erected in 1981 by Westminster City Council with sponsorship from Elf Aquitaine Ltd “offered as a gesture of Franco-British friendship”.

There is a rhyming couplet Apology for Summer Time signed J.W.R. affixed to the body of the clock:

My hands you may retard or may advance
my heart beats true for England as for France.

Little Ben is on holiday and I hope he cames back soon!

:: WESSEX ARCHAEOLOGY ::

:: SEE THE VIDEO OF LITTLE BEN’s REMOVAL ::

 

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