big ben clock tower

I that am lost, oh who will find me?
Deep down below the old beech tree.
Help succour me now the east winds blow.
Sixteen by six, brother, and under we go!

16 x 6 = 96

Elizabeth Tower, the new name of the Big Ben clock tower since 2012 (renamed for the Queen’s diamond jubilee) is 96 meters high…

It is listed in Mycroft’s notebook in TLD, presumably as one of Sherlock’s bolt holes or places to be monitored:

Pic pinched from @darlingtonsubstitution

In the Musgrave ritual, the treasure was hidden under the spot. What was hidden under Elizabeth Tower in TEH? A bomb.

Are we being told the same story over and over again? That Sherlock has to save himself (aka England)? Or John? 

a few things i am consistently bewildered and delighted to remember that the Marquis de Carabas has done, in canon:

  • literally stolen candy from a baby (Neverwhere, ch. 6)
  • kept a large lump of fruitcake in his pocket for an unspecified amount of time, then shared said large lump of fruitcake with the rest of his group for breakfast (Neverwhere, ch. 6)
  • ended up naked in the clock tower of Big Ben with at least one other person on at least one occasion (How the Marquis Got His Coat Back)
Frozen Love (Jack Frost x Reader) Part II

Jack flew over to Big Ben, looking at the large clock tower. He had flown by the tower many times before, but this was the first time he saw it glowing. Under the moonlight, it let off a light yellow glow.

The sight was captivating, but it didn’t appear as if anyone other than him and the other guardians had seen it.

“(Y/N),” he muttered, feeling how the name slipped off his tongue. It felt almost natural, but for all he was aware of, he never recalled saying the name before. Even still, it held some sort of familiar comfort in it.

Landing on a nearby building, he looked around the clock tower in wonder. How did the teeth disappear? There had to be something going on with it…

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On this day in history: July 11, 1859 — Big Ben first chimed.

Did you know that the famous clock tower in London commonly referred to as Big Ben is actually named Clock Tower? Big Ben is the nickname of the tower’s main bell, which is actually called the Great Bell. However, the nickname “Big Ben” is so commonly used to refer to the entire tower that it is now universally accepted.

The installation of Big Ben wasn’t an immediate success. When the bell was first completed, it created so much noise that it impeded parliamentary proceedings. Amid calls for its removal, a minor adjustment saved the bell and an enduring landmark was born.

Big Ben falls silent

The Great Bell of the Palace of Westminster’s Elizabeth Tower, better known as Big Ben, will sound for one last time on midday Monday 21 August before beginning a five-year silence as essential repair work take place.

However, Big Ben will sound for significant landmarks including New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Sunday.

The Great Bell has sounded on the hour for 157 years, although has underwent several stoppages including in 2007 and between 1983-85 for repairs. It weighs 13.7 tonnes and sits within the 96m-tall Elizabeth Tower.

The clock face of what is believed to be the UK’s most photographed building will also be covered at times during the repair, but when not the hands will be powered by an electric motor and continue to tell the time.

Chime enthusiasts will be pleased to know that Radio 4, which broadcasts the chimes lives, has decided not to opt for a replacement and will broadcast a recording instead.