HINTON ST GEORGE . SOM. ST GEORGE – Scratch Dial

Hinton St George Church . Som

ST GEORGE’S CHURCH . HINTON ST GEORGE . SOMERSET

GRADE I † C13 origins: masons’ marks on the fabric date from C13 and are identical with some found at Wells cathedral BHO. Development mainly C15 (tower) and C16, with C19 work by Wyatt and later attention. Poulett family much in evidence. Good graffiti / protection marks. Fine gilded weathercock dated to 1756. 4m N of Crewkerne . 50.9107 / -2.8286 / ST418126

DIAL

Hinton St George Church . Som – Scratch Dial

A single scratch dial tucked away on the W side of a buttress, and of doubtful value as a time marker, both for position and orientation. There are 4 lines with terminal pocks on the left side; and a single pock at the top (ie midnight). The gnomon hole, already quite big, has been crudely enlarged – and quite recently, by the look of it.

An explanation for the unpromising location and the unsatisfactory design is that the dial was relocated at some stage, perhaps when the tower was built (and the buttress added?). It is far from unusual for a dial reused in this way to be inverted, as if decommissioning it. An inversion of the image above makes far more sense, with the noon line marked by a single pock, and the radials to its right. An afternoon dial.

Hinton St George Church . Som – Scratch Dial (inverted)

GRAFFITI & APOTROPAIC SYMBOLS / PROTECTION / MARIAN MARKS

GSS Category: Scratch Dial

All photos: Keith Salvesen

4 thoughts on “HINTON ST GEORGE . SOM. ST GEORGE – Scratch Dial

    1. And I love the seals! I’ve just checked and the medieval dial records for Norfolk are disappointingly few… BUT I’ve found that there’s one on the south-west buttress of the south transept of St Margaret. So if you are passing with a camera… there’s research to be done!

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  1. Dear Keith,
    Dina will take some pictures when the weather is better in one of the next few days. We would send it to your email address (could you, please, be so kind to send it to us).
    We had the meeting to prepare for the seal season yesterday. Around the middle of October, we expect the first grey seals to come.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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