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The Probus Club of Meltham - Meeting 22 Feb 2017

22 Feb 2017

The Elizabeth Tower (aka Big Ben)

Paul Thompson

Today's speaker was Paul Thompson who gave an audio visual talk on 2 topics "The Elizabeth Tower [Big Ben]" and "A Pinch of Salt".

He described the history of the bell tower originally containing the Ayeton light which was lit during late sittings of parliament and the mechanics of the clock maintaining accurate time.

He then spoke of Titus Salt of Crow's-Nest Park at Brighouse and his passion for developing the production of Worsted cloth during the industrial revolution by bringing together water, coal, people and wool at Saltaire Mills in Bradford.

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