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UK - Big Ben is 150 years old today

Big Ben the bell inside the famous clock tower in London is 150 years old today . It was cast in the Whitechapel Bell foundry one of only two foundries left in the UK today. In fact the bell is the second cast for the tower - the first was found to be defective when shipped from a foundry in the north and was rejected. Whitechapel still have their sales ledger for the period that shows a rebate was given on the sale as the original metal was reused from the first casting.

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