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TOM TOWER, WHERE THE GREAT BELL OF CHRIST CHURCH TOLLS

TOM TOWER, WHERE THE GREAT BELL OF CHRIST CHURCH TOLLS

Sir Christopher Wren transformed the original gateway of Wolsey's foundation in 1682, adding the belfry, in which hangs the great bell, which once swung in Osney Abbey, formerly the seat of the bishops of Oxford. Every night at 9.15 this bell, called Great Tom, is struck 101 times, once for each scholar of the foundation of the college. It weighs over seven tons. In front of the tower runs St. Aldate's Street, joining the Carfax and Folly Bridge, and St. Aldate's Church lies just out of the photograph to the left.

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