Big Ben's iconic Ayrton Light to be switched off

  • Travel Dejavu
    Travel Dejavu
    August 20, 2017 at 10:01 am #9999

    A lamp at the top of the Big Ben Tower, which is switched on in the evening whenever Parliament is setting, will be switched off for the first time in more than 70 years. The Ayrton Light, located above the Great Bell, needs to be fully dismantled and restored. A temporary light will replace it. Installed in 1885 it was previously turned off only during both world wars. The light is said to have been installed at the request of Queen Victoria, so that she could see from Buckingham palace when members of either the Houses Commons or the Lords were sitting after dark.

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