Excavation of Old Artefacts at The Palace of Westminster

The above does not refer long buried political careers but in fact Big Ben’s original predecessor Great Tom which could emerge this Summer as archaeologists conduct the first excavation at Parliament since the 1970s.

Big ben

Great Tom was a bell hung in a tower in the first Palace of Westminster during the reign of Edward I in around 1288 which struck on the hour.  A second tower replaced the original in 1367, however by 1707 this had fallen into disrepair. A fire then destroyed the Palace of Westminster in  1834 and the design for the building we know today submitted by architect Sir Charles Barry.

Permission for a small scale dig has been granted on the in New Palace Yard near to where the current clock tower which houses Big Ben stands (which is currently used as an underground car park).



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