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Big Ben- Great Clock Papers (Page Three)

A portion of the Papers relating to the Great Clock for the New Palace at Westminster, 1848. This pamphlet gathers together all correspondence on subject which had been published previously in Sessional Papers between 1847 and 1848 and adds comments.  There is also an introduction which concludes that Professor Airy, the Astronomer Royal, was biased in favour of Dent and that Vulliamy was justified in declining to compete if Airy were the sole referee.  There are also appendices giving additional information on Dent, Vulliamy and Airy and on large striking clocks.

From Parliamentary Archives collection reference GRE – the papers of Thomas Greene MP who, in April 1848 was appointed one of three special commissioners to superintend the completion of the New Palace.