MANACCAN . CORNWALL . CHURCH OF ST MANACCUS . SCRATCH DIAL

St Manacca . Manaccan . Cornwall


CHURCH OF ST MANACCUS . MANACCAN . CORNWALL

GRADE 1. C12 and C15. Lizard Peninsula, S. of Helford River. Small village protected by a network of narrow roads from tourist hordes. 50.0832 / -5.127 / SW763250

Only 4 scratch dials are recorded for Cornwall, this being one. I assume the main reason is that the local building materials – granites, serpentine, and other hard rock – are unrewarding to work with when cutting a dial

DIAL

The small dial is cut to the right of the splendid Norman doorway, on a cylindrical pillar moulding. BSS suggests this may be a unique location. The lines curve away from the gnomon hole and there is the hint of a partial circle. The overall style is rustic and the condition is poor. It was noted in 2002 (L Burge) that there is a cross † ‘at Mass’ but on a dull day I could not make it out.

NOTE: see also the entry for Feock for a second recorded Cornish dial; and St Martin for 1 or even 2 candidates as hitherto unrecorded dials. LINKS will be added when I have written them up

GSS Category: Scratch Dial

All photos: Keith Salvesen

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