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The British Sundial Society
The Sundial House Tearooms stand on the north corner of the crossroads (A396/B3224), and this excellent and unusual slate dial is between first floor windows. Declining east, it shows the hours from 5am to 4pm in 30, 15 and 5 minute intervals. Note the half hours marked with a fleur de lys, and the split substyleat about 9:22 am. The motto – Time is the devourer of (all) things – comes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, 15, 234. The centre of the dial is almost filled by a table ofeight columns, giving 82 dates for values of the Equation of Time at 1 minute intervals. The maker’s name can be seen along the bottom – J Norman, from Winsford, about three miles away.
For convenience and to assist planning we have made the 2016 Conference booking form available early. It is recognised some might not wish to pay in full so far in advance. Bookings made before the issue of the December Newsletter can therefore be made by a £50 deposit. Early bookings assist liaison with the venue: your room preferences and additional night(s) requirements are subject to availability and will be met on a first come first served basis.
The BSS Photo Competition is now open for entrants. All the entries will be displayed at the 2016 Conference in Liverpool where the winners will be chosen by the delegates.
Previous entries and winners can be seen here. Good luck!
Frank King recently had a five minute slot on Robert Elms’ BBC London radio show talking about sundials. In this short interview the discussion included analemmatic dials, the ancient Egyptians and contemporary dials in London.
For as long as the BBC maintains the link, the interview can be heard here, starting 1hr 34m 10s into the programme.
This is said to be the earliest green slate dial in Devon. It is a break-arch dial with the date 1710 running round the top of the arch. It has been suggested that it might have been made by John Berry but the early date and lack of signature makes this very unlikely. There is a sun-face surrounding the root of the gnomon and in a shield below that are the names of the churchwardens Joseph Palmer and William Karslake who style themselves ‘Gents’. It has the hours VI – VI subdivided into halves, quarters and periods of 7 1/2 minutes. The half hour markers each have a fleur-de-lys decoration and noon is indicated by a decorative cipher. The upper corners appear blank: if there ever were any cherubs there, they have flown.