Scratch Dial . St Mary’s Church . Bradford Abbas . Dorset


This project started last year and is designed to showcase sundials. From modest beginnings, it has become far more ambitious and the areas, both thematically and geographically, have expanded considerably. The primary purpose of the project was to feature the medieval scratch / mass dials of Wessex (in its broadest sense), covering the period between C1200 – C1600. Various other dial categories were originally catered for, and these have gradually increased in number and content. They include post-medieval dials, modern dials, specific types of dials, sundials abroad, oddities, and so forth.

As for design and layout, I’ve chosen a format for the entries that is straightforward and applicable to most of the dials featured. Initial caution arising from rudimentary amateur knowledge has to an extent been thrown to the winds as I have learned more over the passing months. Opinions are expressed and theories put forward: these are mostly my own and can be safely disregarded unless they seem plausible. Other views – credited where possible – are generally authoritative and may safely be relied on.

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SOURCES The page lists books, organisations, websites and similar resources used by me and / or of possible interest to others HERE.

INDICES The page HERE contains drop-down sub-menus of dials by county or country, which will expand incrementally.

IMAGES The images featured are almost all my own. Other images used will be duly credited. Some will be open source, and a credit not always possible. Please ask for use permission. A request will rarely be declined; a sneaky “borrow” will be deplored. If in a moral quandary, just ask.

EMAIL sundials@gaudiumsubsole.org

Scratch Dial . St Mary Magdalene . Barwick . Som.
Keith Salvesen GSS