DEDICATION † ST MARY THE VIRGIN – dated from mid C14, gradual expansion in C15, C18 work (Crickmay)
LISTING † Grade II*
LOCATION † S. of Sherborne, E. of main road to Cerne Abbas. A straggling small village with records dating from C12, approached by lanes rather than roads. The church is set slightly apart from the centre. In 1985 the Parish name was changed from Wootton Glanville (I haven’t explored the reason). A peaceful feel to the community. 50.872 / -2.4558 / 2°27’20″W / ST68008
DIAL † On W. buttress of S. wall of S. Chapel, 2m high, with (later) iron gnomon* in square style-hole. Last visited in January drizzle, when marks were hard to make out and photo ‘work’ was needed. On a sunny April day, the marks are clear. Pocks (12+) of varied sizes. 8 radials, with a notably emphasised noon-line in depth, width, and with additional pock(s). GLP notes that it is 4º from vertical. *Gnomon is iron, 130mm long, rectangular cross section. Modern. BSS
From the time of day indicated by the gnomon’s shadow, I estimated the ‘actual time’ time. By my watch, the shadow was just 17 minutes fast…
NOTES † noted in RCHM / BHO but not BLB / HE / TWC. The village has a fine Manor House. Round Chimneys Farm – once owned by John Churchill Duke of Marlborough – has significant entries in Hutchins, RCHM III Dorset; and good details in BHO LINK.
GSS Category – Scratch Dial