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
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