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This is 'Old Joe', the clock tower of Birmingham University. It's the tallest free-standing clock tower in the world at 100 metres (328 feet) and is some 4 metres taller than the Big Ben tower. The clock bells weigh 20 tons and the internal floors are served by an elevator. The clock face is 5.25m (17.2ft) across and the minute hand is 4.1m (13.5ft) long. The pendulum is 4.6m (15ft) Long. The tower was built in 1908 and was inspired by the 'Torre del Mangia' in Sienna. When first constructed it was Birmingham's tallest building but is now the third tallest after the BT Tower and The Radisson Hotel (Beetham tower).
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Jul 20 2009 16:45 GMT Pam
Well, I never knew that! Thanks for the info, really interesting, and a great pic to boot ;o)
Jul 20 2009 22:26 GMT sup3rm1k3
Thanks Pam. Here's another interesting thing about 'Old Joe'. It was actually built without scaffolding - from the inside out, up to the balcony level. This meant that when completed it still needed pointing. This was carried out some years later and has been done a few times since.
Jul 20 2009 23:16 GMT Cooler PRO
Wonderful shot and info ;-)))
Jul 21 2009 21:33 GMT sup3rm1k3
Thanks Cooler.