Un­earthing the truth be­hind wrong date on sun­dial

Amer­sham Mu­seum

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Take, for ex­am­ple, the sun­dial that is dis­played on 19 Whielden Street which proudly bears the date 1372.

Un­til re­cently, the premises housed an an­tique shop and be­fore that it was Welch’s butcher shop.

How­ever, the house is not as old as the date on the sun­dial sug­gests – it prob­a­bly dates back to the late 16th cen­tury.

Why does the sun­dial carry that date?

One story is that the time­piece was dug up in the gar­den. But a far more likely rea­son for the an­cient date is that the builder restor­ing the house made a mis­take – he meant to in­scribe the dial with 1732, but sim­ply got the num­bers the wrong way round.

When asked to change it, he is re­ported to have said: ’Leave it as it is, it looks bet­ter!’

If you would like to know more about Amer­sham’s his­tory, visit the web­site at www.amer­sham­mu­seum. org.

AN­THONY DEL TUFO, MU­SEUM VOL­UN­TEER

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