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).

MINTERNE HOUSE . DORSET

A sundial on the terrace of this fine C17 house. Full post HERE

WILDLIFE & WETLANDS CENTRE . BARNES . LONDON

A memorial sundial for Max Nicholson (1904 – 2003), founder of the World Wildlife Fund WWF. Nicholson was a pioneering ornithologist, environmentalist, and conservationist. It was designed by his son Piers. LINK TO POST

WATTS GALLERY . COMPTON . SURREY

Scaphe Dial with cupid, with pedestal by Mary Watts. LINK TO POST

ST STEPHEN . CHARLTON MUSGROVE . VERTICAL DIAL 1916

A modern dial dated 1916 set into the apex of the porch with the inscription Vigilate et Orate (Watch and Pray). The dial shows hours, half-hours, and quarter-hours. Each hour line ends in a small arrowhead. The dial stone is slightly canted and the footing of the gnomon is on the 11 line for accuracy. The noon line is emphasised with a deeper incision.

STOKE ST GREGORY . SOM . VERTICAL DIAL c1885?

As plain a dial as you could wish to find, yet casting a strong shadow. BSS view is that it dates from the 1880s restoration and it doesn’t look as if the dial has been touched since then. It’s worth noting that the lamp bracket also works effectively as a plain unmarked dial.

AMSTERDAM . PRINSENGRAGHT

An attractive memorial dial (1993) on a street corner by a canal, with a stork for company

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 CAIUS 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

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)

RUSSBOROUGH HOUSE . WICKLOW . IRELAND – COURTYARD GATEWAY DIAL

DIAL DETAILS

TRELISSICK GARDENS . CORNWALL

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Trelissick Gardens . Cornwall – Commemorative Sundial

WESTON BAMPFYLDE . HOLY CROSS . SOMERSET

A memorial horizontal dial in the churchyard of this attractive small church made by Silas Higgon, a well-known dial-maker. It will be of particular interest to those who understand (not me) the finer details. While you admire it, look inside the porch and on RHS of the original door is a very clear scratch dial which you can read about HERE

Holy Cross . Western Bampfylde . Somerset

ST MARY . BUCKNALL . SHROPS

Horizontal dial in the churchyard. It seems unlikely to date from 1712 and I can’t find the motto Thyme Paseth elsewhere (it’s not in MG). It is a pretty design with a nice coloration.

St Mary . Bucknall . Shrops

ST POL DE LEON . PAUL . CORNWALL

ST NICHOLAS . NETHER COMPTON . DORSET

ST PETER AD VINCULA . BROAD HINTON. WILTS

Probably added during late C19 restoration. Angled dial face.

St Peter ad Vincula . Broad Hinton . Wilts – vertical sundial with motto

FULHAM ROAD . LONDON . MILLENNIUM DIAL

LAVAUDIEU . AUVERGNE . FRANCE

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SÉES . NORMANDY . FRANCE

A modern dial on the facade of the Musée départemental d’Art Religieux, close to the fine Cathedral. Painted on rendering. A somewhat selfish motto Sol nos alios umbra (for us, sunshine; for everyone else, shade).

YVOIRE . LAC LÉMAN . FRANCE – ST PANCRACE

Modern dial in a medieval village, part of a restoration of the church of St Pancras which has C12 origins. A few traces of the early church are visible.

NEWTON ST CYRES . ST CYR & ST JULLITA . DEVON

Commemorating the early C19 incumbent 1813-18. The dial is in an unusual location and at an unusual angle facing SE (assuming standard church orientation). It would be interesting to know how accurate it is, especially as the day progresses.

St Cyr & St Jullita . Newton St Cyres – Sundial
St Cyr & St Jullita . Newton St Cyres – Sundial

Photos: John Renner