MODERN DIALS

Armillary Sphere, Mottisfont, Hants

Dials featured under this heading will mostly date from mid c19 to the present day. The last 25 years have seen a proliferation in dial making, not least because of the advent of the new century, with its pleasing Roman date MM. Many of them are excellent and exciting, or at least attractive and interesting. Some are dire, and will be ignored.

ST SWITHUNS . CLUNBURY . SHROPSHIRE

Breakarch shaped stone dial inset into stonework of tower, above the window, with scrolled gnomon support. It declines 12 degrees East . BSS Register

The dial is very recent, with a conventional face and a very effective scroll gnomon that, late in the day, casts a pleasingly long shadow. Before installation of the new dial, the BSS register shows the previous incarnation (below).

St Swithuns . Clunbury . Shrops – old ‘dial’
St Swithuns . Clunbury . Shrops – recently installed new dial

TOLLER PORCORUM . DORSET

MILLENNIUM STAINED GLASS WINDOW by JOHN HAYWARD

CHELSEA OLD CHURCH . LONDON

I include the dial below in this section because, strictly, it is a modern dial. However it is a faithful restoration of the original of 1692. The church was flattened by bombs in 1941. My parents were married here the previous year. The neatly-rhyming motto Ut Vita Finis Ita seems (pace MG but mis-dated) to be unique:

1539.UT VITA FINIS ITA. 1652. As the life is so is its end.On the tower of Chelsea Old Church. The dial has lately been repaired, and also the brick tower. Sir Thomas More lies buried in the church.
Chelsea Old Church Sundial 1957 (1692)

GONVILLE AND CAUIS COLLEGE . CAMBRIDGE

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WAYFORD . SOMERSET

Wyford, Somerset. Dated 1901. Initials ?LIB

A slight disappointment here. From a distance this dial, on a splendid C16 house, looked much older than its actual date. But in warm sunlight, set in honeyed stone, it looks just fine whenever it was made.

WEYMOUTH . DORSET

A well-cut and dignified memorial stone sited close to the Dorset Wildlife Trust centre in Weymouth, near the start of the Chesil Bank.

Memorial Sundial . Weymouth . Dorset
Memorial Sundial . Weymouth . Dorset
Memorial Sundial . Weymouth . Dorset

PIDDLEHINTON . DORSET

St Mary . Piddlehinton . Dorset – Millenium Dial ‘Sol Venit’. [also one old dial and 2 interesting scratch dials here]

CÉRET . FRANCE

St Ferréol Hermitage, Céret, France

HOLNEST . DORSET

BBS ENTRY The dial is above the porch. It shows 6am to 4pm in 30min marks, using XII and IV. Pierced cast bronze gnomon. Lettering and lines incised and painted black. Fixed with stainless steel bolts.

INSCRIPTION Holnest Parish 2000 This is overlaid in part by the Great Crested Newt which is in relief. The newt is seen as a salvation. Its presence in the parish resulted in it being declared an SSI – so diverting a proposed rubbish tip. Funds from the grazing income of that land paid for the dial.

Holnest . Dorset . Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin . Millennial Dial (self-dating)

NOTE This is a ‘self-dating’ dial using the gnomon’s design to cast the date’s shadow. The only other one I know of locally is at Buckland Newton, dated 1704 (see OLD DIALS)

Buckland Newton Sundial – self-dating 1704

RUSSBOROUGH HOUSE . WICKLOW . IRELAND – COURTYARD GATEWAY DIAL

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TRELISSICK GARDENS . CORNWALL

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Trelissick Gardens . Cornwall – Commemorative Sundial