MEDIEVAL DIALS

Scratch Dial: St Mary Rimpton Dorset (Keith Salvesen)
St Mary Rimpton Dorset

SCRATCH DIALS & MASS DIALS

The emphasis of this project is weighted in favour of medieval dials. I shall refer to them throughout as scratch dials, a term with a specific meaning that can usefully be applied more generally. Usage here will incorrectly include Saxon dials which date from the c7, together with medieval mass dials and tide dials. They may differ in purpose, in form, in construction, and from crude to elegant. Most dials that feature in this section will be ones scratched directly into the stone wall of a church between C14 and C16 . Early dials were intended to mark the general passage of the day rather than a specific o’clock, at a time when the concept of time (as we know it) was fluid and might even differ between adjacent villages. As understanding of ‘time’ advanced – especially with the invention of clocks in C14 – so did the construction and accuracy of the dials. Eventually they were outcompeted by clocks and became obsolete.

ALSTONE Glos – St Margaret of Antioch

ASHILL Som – Blessed Virgin Mary

BATCOMBE Dorset – St Mary Magdalene

BISHOP’S CAUNDLE Dorset – St Peter & St Paul

BLACKFORD Somerset – St Michael

BRADFORD ABBAS Dorset – St Mary the Virgin

BRAMPTON BRYAN . Herefordshire – St Barnabas

BRATTON Wilts – St James the Great

CHARLTON HORETHORNE Som – St Peter and St Paul

CHARMINSTER Dorset – St Mary

CHESELBOURNE Dorset – St Martin

CHURCH STRETTON . Shrop – St Laurence

CLUNGUNFORD . Shrop – St Cuthbert

CREWKERNE Somerset – St Bartholomew

EARDISLAND . Hereford – St Mary

FEOCK Cornwall – St Feock

GLANVILLES WOOTTON (1) Dorset Jan 21 – St Mary

GLANVILLE’S WOOTTON (2) Dorset Apr 21 – St Mary the Virgin

HARDINGTON MANDEVILLE Somerset – St Mary

HERMITAGE Dorset – St Mary

HERMITAGE Dorset – St Mary (2)

HOLWELL Dorset – St Laurence

KNIGHTON Dorset – St Edward

LEIGH Dorset – St Andrew

LONGBURTON Dorset – St James

MAIDEN NEWTON Dorset 1 – St Mary

MAIDEN NEWTON Dorset 2 – St Mary

MANACCAN Cornwall – St Manaccus

MANNINGFORD BRUCE Wilts – St Peter

MARSTON MAGNA Som – St Mary

MINTERNE MAGNA Dorset – St Andrew

MELBURY BUBB Dorset – St Mary

ODCOMBE Somerset – St Peter and St Paul

PENDOMER Somerset – St Roch

PEWSEY Wilts – St John the Baptist

PULHAM Dorset – St Thomas à Becket

PURSE CAUNDLE Dorset – St Peter

RIMPTON 1 Somerset – St Mary

RIMPTON 2 Somerset – St Mary

SANDFORD ORCAS Dorset – St Nicholas

SOUTH CADBURY Somerset – St Thomas à Becket

STANTON Glos. – St Michael

STANTON ST BERNARD Wilts – All Saints

STOCKBRIDGE Hants – St Peter Old Church

STRATTON Dorset – St Mary

SUTTON BINGHAM Somerset – ALL SAINTS

TEMPLE GUITING Glos – St Mary

THORNFORD Dorset – St Mary Magdalene

WAYFORD Somerset – St Michael & All angels

WAYFORD Somerset – St Michael & All angels

WENTNOR Shropshire – St Michael & All Angels

WINSHAM Somerset – St Stephen

WINTERBOURNE BASSETT Wilts – St Katherine & St Peter

WORMINGTON Glos. – St Katherine (also, St Catherine)

WRAXALL Dorset – St Mary

UPAVON Wilts – St Mary the Virgin

St Stephen Winsham Somerset