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H&W assembled

This reproduction (NOT a ‘replica’ which would include antique patination and the blemishes of age) began life in 2010 at a NASS Conference when an original plate made by Heath & Wing of London was shown to me with a request for a full-size copy re-delineated for its new home on Prince Edward Island in Canada.  Lots of photographic studies were made, many including a mm rule for total accuracy.  Over several weeks the artwork for the dial was created ‘from scratch’ by hand using Adobe illustrator.  In particular, selected lettering from the engraving was traced at high magnification and sent to ‘Your Fonts’ who returned a TrueType font file to allow me to ‘key-in’ the inscriptions in authentic lettering.  Every other artwork aspect is the direct product of my own hand frpm many hours of ‘mousing’.

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8 Installed

PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION CLASS

Submitted by Charles Perry Restorations Ltd,

Praewood Farm, Hemel Hempstead Road, St Albans AL3 6AA

The Project

In 2010, Charles Perry Ltd was contacted to remove, restore and replace the elaborate vertical sundial at All Saints’ Church in Isleworth. The Church dates in part, back to 1398. The first sundial there is believed to have been a painted vertical wooden sundial which was dedicated to the memory of Susannah, fourth wife of Colonel Sir Nicholas Lawes (Chief Justice of Jamaica from 1698 to 1703 and Governor from 1718 to 1722) who had died in 1707 at the age of 47. Church records, such as they are, show that the sundial has been repainted and maintained ever since.

Sadly, the church, except for the tower, was destroyed in 1943 by two boys, who had set fire to five churches in the area in the course of a few days, destroying much of the fabric of All Saints’ and one other. After years of indecision the desire for a full restoration was finally abandoned on cost grounds and in 1970 a smaller modern brick building was openly linked to the remaining tower. It is this building that continues in use today and the then present sundial was mounted high (arguably somewhat too high) on the new Lady Chapel of this building.

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SD-Mercier1

 SD-Mercier2

SD-Mercier3

In 1922, Professor Hugo Michnik, invented the bifilar sundial. In the original version, the bifilar sundial has two non-touching threads parallel to the horizontal dial. The second thread is orthogonal to the first. The intersection of the two threads’ shadows gives the local apparent time.

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BSS comp TC3 1

The sundial in its setting with some of the accompanying sculptural and landscaping work.

Location:
Visitor Interpretation Area
Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve
Perthshire
Longitude: 4.2º West
Latitude: 56.55º North

Client: National Trust for Scotland
Designed and made by Tim Chalk
Concrete casting by Gray Concrete

Commissioned January 2012
Completed June 2012

Dial Type: Free standing vertical Dial with angled solar calendar slab
Materials: Cast Glass Reinforced Concrete, Cor-ten Steel
Dimensions: 1.2 metres(h) x 800mm(w) x 100mm(d)

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2012 OLYMPIC

Installed: 2011
SRN 7352

Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Co-ordinates: 51⁰32’25.1”N 0⁰01’05.46”W

Dimensions: approx. 6m x 4.5m
Materials: Date scale: stainless steel details set into welsh blue-black slate.
Hour points (2 sets), cardinal points, sunrise/set markers, instructions: stainless steel.
Background: Non-slip concrete.

Designed, orientated and delineated by David Brown
Construction by gardening subcontractors Willerby Landscapes of Edenbridge, Kent.

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double H photo

Dimensions:
Octagonal plate, 520mm across flats, 28mm thick
Gnomon, water-jet cut brass and slate 12mm thick, 400mm long.
Cursor: water-jet cut and stove enamelled etching, on stainless steel pin.

Materials: Plate: Welsh blue-black slate, brass, stainless steel

Location : In private ownership, Lat. approx. 51⁰N

Designed, delineated and hand cut by David Brown

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