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!