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

INTRODUCTION

This project 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 time. 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 confidently be relied on. A few entries may seem incomplete: they are probably awaiting additional information or amendments.

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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.

OTHER TOPICS

a. Consecration crosses, found on many churches both externally and internally, with numbers ranging from a single cross to a dozen (usually considered a complete set, though occasionally 14 are found).

b. Apart from dials, there are other types of medieval church marks incised externally on the building or within the porch. These include graffiti (initials, dates etc) and ritual protection marks (also called apotropaic symbols or witch marks) that were intended to ward off evil from the church.

c. On an ad hoc basis, I include a few other features of interest that I come across in some of the churches or churchyards I visit. These include hearses and stocks, brick patterns, masons’ marks and benchmarks.

EMAIL sundials@gaudiumsubsole.org

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