LONDON (Reuters) – British landmark Big Ben is leaning to such an extent that the tilt can now be clocked with the naked eye, according to a report commissioned by London Underground and the Parliamentary Estates Department.
The 96 meter (yards) high clock tower of the Houses of Parliament — known colloquially as Big Ben, the name of the great bell it houses — is sinking unevenly into the ground, causing it to lean toward the northwest.
“The tilt is now just about visible. You can see it if you stand on Parliament Square and look east, toward the river. I have heard tourists there taking photographs saying ‘I don’t think it is quite vertical’ – and they are quite right,” emeritus professor and senior research investigator at Imperial College, London, John Burland, told the Sunday Telegraph.
An Image of Big Ben during my vacation in England last 2008.