SUNDIALS

CHASTLETON HOUSE, OXFORSHIRE

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ALL SAINTS CHURCH, CLOSWORTH, SOMERSET

PONTE VECCHIO, FLORENCE (? 1345) – full post HERE

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VILLEFRANCHE-DE-CONFLENT, PYRÉNÉES-ORIENTALES: A DOUBLE DIAL

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CAIUS COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE: A SET OF 6 DIALS – full post HERE

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JUMIÉGES, NORMANDY: AN ELABORATE MASS DIAL (1660) – full post HERE

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BOCONNOC PARISH CHURCH, LOSTWITHIEL, CORNWALL (1710)

The Parish Church forms part of the Boconnoc Estate, and is picturesquely situated close to the mansion, overlooking the River Lerryn. Unusually, it is a church with no dedication.

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Boconnoc Parish Church: the sundial (1710)

 

TWO SUNDIALS AT HOUGHTON HALL, NORFOLK

On a recent trip to Houghton for an exhibition, I forgetfully left my camera in the car. Suddenly we were confronted by a fine ornate C18 pillar or column sundial, fit for one of the marginally better-curated theme pages of this sub-blog, SUNDIALS. Resorting to an iPh*ne in low light was far from ideal, so apologies for the quality of the images. Fortunately you can see the ingenious ways in which the 4 gnomons are attached to achieve the correct shadow angles; and the numbering variations of the faces, depending on their orientation. The result is dawn-to-dusk time-telling. Always provided the sun is shining!

1.  A FOUR-SIDED C18 PILLAR  SUNDIAL IN THE GARDENS AT HOUGHTON

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2. A FOUR-FACED SUNDIAL ON AN OCTAGONAL TOWER: HOUGHTON HALL, WEST FRONT

By the time we got to the house a light drizzle was falling and there was no hope of a decent photo. I’ve had to borrow, as credited. I’ve included 1 poor effort at the end simply to give the sundial’s context in relation to the house. Thanks to Elliott Brown for use permission for the first two. You can see these and his other images HERE. Again, you can clearly see the variations in the gnomon placement; and in the numbering / angling of the faces. And, thankfully, proof that the sun does shine in  Norfolk.

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The image below is credited to Edmund Patrick and licensed via wikimedia commonsHoughton Hall Norfolk 4-face sundial Edmund Patrick wikimedia commons

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DOLLOND SUNDIAL AT ROUSHAM HOUSE, OXFORDSHIRE

SUNDIALS AT THE WATTS GALLERY, COMPTON, SURREY

The Garden Sundial

An ususual sundial, now kept inside the Gallery

EAST SUSSEX: A LARGE MODERN SUNDIAL DESIGN AT NOON

TWO CONTRASTING SUNDIALS IN DORSET

1. SHERBORNE ABBEY

Undated, said to be c18 (but the gnomon [sorry, Abbey] looks a bit B&Q…)

2. LONGBURTON CHURCH (ST JAMES THE GREAT)

This sundial is quite hard to see from the ground – it is surprisingly high for such a small one. It is a simple ‘Mass’ or ‘Scratch’ dial (perhaps better ruled than most), set in Ham stone. I’ll add a date when/if I can find it.

TWO CHURCH SUNDIALS IN SUFFOLK

1. GRUNDISBURGH – THE SUNDIAL and  THE CHURCH 

2. EAST BERGHOLT CHURCH (I didn’t take a close-up of the sundial itself)

TWO SUNDIALS IN THE CHAMPAGNE REGION

1. CHAVOT-COURCOURT – EPERNAY, FRANCE

The church dates from 1202. The romanesque tower, nave, transept and apse were built later, around 1560. This small rustic sundial, now gnomonless, is scratched rather than carved into the stone lintel above the side-door. It seems primitive in the context of the church as a whole. Even the spacing of the radials seems somewhat random… Such dials are known as a ‘Mass’ or ‘Scratch’ dials, and they may date from between 1100 and 1600

2. SAINT-YVED DE BRAINE – SOISSONS, FRANCE

A fine Premonstratensian Abbey. I can’t make sense of MIVM (1996? it’s an odd way to put it)

HAMPTON COURT PALACE

Sundial with calendar and compass by Thomas Tompion (1639–1713)

SANTA MARIA NOVELLA – FLORENCE

DUNNOTTAR CASTLE – ABERDEENSHIRE, SCOTLAND

This is an old photo (2003). The repaired crack seen here has, by 2011, been further repaired and additional repair work carried out rather assertively… see DUNNOTTAR REPAIR

 

SUNDIALS FROM AMSTERDAM (a change from Tulips…)

1. MODERN 1993 SUNDIAL ON PRINSENGRACHT ON A c17 HOUSE (? a midwife’s house)

2. MUSEUM VAN LOON, KEIZERSGRACHT – THE OLDEST (1578) OF THREE

2. MUSEUM VAN LOON, KEIZERSGRACHT – ARMILLARY SPHERE

3. MUSEUM VAN LOON, KEIZERSGRACHT – ARMILLARY SPHERE (CLOSE-UP)

4. MUSEUM VAN LOON, KEIZERSGRACHT – A FINE SOUTH-FACING SUNDIAL ON THE GARDEN SIDE

TWO SUNDIALS SOMEWHERE IN WEST LONDON…

1. A SIMPLE HEMISPHERICAL ARMILLARY SUNDIAL MOUNTED ON CORNISH (DELABOLE) SLATE

2. AN ARTS & CRAFTS SUNDIAL by LIBERTY & CO, LONDON (MISSING ITS GNOMON)

Found buried in an old pigsty (by me, aged 10). The four sides are designated EARTH, AIR, WATER, & FIRE, with appropriate images for each. The motto round the plinth reads “I MARK THE PASSING HOUR AS THE SHADOWS COME AND GO”. The history of this sundial is currently being investigated. It may well be the work of Mary Watts, wife of painter G.F.Watts, of Compton, Surrey, or of her coterie. It is certainly the product of the Arts and Crafts / Art Nouveau movement. The motto does not seem to be recorded elsewhere; and the use of the four classical elements as motifs for each side is most unusual, possibly unique.

ZUAVA SUNDIAL KNIFE, SCARPERIA, MUGELLO

Scarperia is a smallish town famed for 2 things: its proximity to the Mugello motor-racing circuit; and high-quality knives and bladed implements of all descriptions. This is a rare fully functional sundial that can also peel an apple… (Maker’s Catalogue)

TWO CAMBRIDGE SUNDIALS courtesy of and © Jo Edkins

1. CAIUS COLLEGE – GATE OF HONOUR (dated 1575)

2. CORPUS CHRISTI – OLD COURT 

MULTI-DIAL SUNDIALS

1. CULZEAN CASTLE, AYRSHIRE

 An old photo from the early days of digital cameras at a time when I was more interested in taking photos of the friends with us than in the sundial. That would still be the case, I hasten to add…

To see a really good image of this intriguing sundial by Craig MacCulloch, click this link: CULZEAN SUNDIAL     

 

2. HOLBEIN’S “THE AMBASSADORS” (1533) National Gallery, London

 

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4 thoughts on “SUNDIALS

    1. Thanks Jim, that’s very kind of you to say so. Much appreciated. Generally it’s a shamefully untended blog, very much a side-project in sporadic idle progress. Sundials, bees and ducks get better attention than most topics… Many thanks for taking the trouble to call in and wander round. All the best from Rolling Harbour

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    1. Elizabeth, good to hear from you. I’ll keep an eye out for you IoW Sundials, thanks for the link. I later found we’d been close to an IoW one I was sorry to miss. I was indeed in touch with John a while back, but sundials have had to drop down the priority list for now… All the best. (PS did you see the pics of the extraordinary sundial at Kelburn? I’ve never seen so many dials!)

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