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12:32 Feb 14, 2009
English to Chinese translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / 英国建筑
English term or phrase:Great Tom
I searched internet and undstood that the Great Tom is a big bell in Oxford. But in my source article, The Great Tom is behind the Big Ben's facade.
I am confused, Need England native's help.
a static image of Big Ben atop London’s Houses of Parliament. Behind the clock’s facade was the giant bell, Great Tom, which was often mistakenly called Big Ben. The TV commentator chattered away the seconds to midnight as people across the kingdom filled their glasses. The quarters began to sound.
what is the meaning of The Great Tom?
In the sentence "The quarters began to sound."
Does "The quarters" mean the clock strike every quarter?
For example, St Paul's Cathedral in London:
Big Ben was out of action for several months in 1934 and 1956 … The chimes of Great Tom, the bell at St Paul's Cathedral, were used as a replacement time signal. http://www.sterlingtimes.org/memorable_images2
Now I have an idea, maybe the "Great Tom" is actually the Great Tom in Oxford. So in the Newyear-welcoming tv program of England, the "Big Ben" and "Great Tom" will be shown on the same screen. Sure It is tricky.
little bells which sound the quarters of an hour. QUARTERS of the Heaven (Astron.) the four cardinal points. — Quarters of the Moon, certain periods in the ...
The word 'quarters' may also refer to the melody played by these bells:
The Westminster Quarters is the most common name for a melody used by a set of clock bells to strike the hour. It is also known as the Westminster Chimes, or the Cambridge Chimes from its place of origin. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Quarters