Solving the puzzle of the strange sundial
YOUR correspondent Alan Heasman will be delighted to know that his Wiltshire village has a cruciform sundial, which is quite a rarity (Letters, February 15).
If the sundial was made for Aldbourne, the angle of inclination would be 48˚ and 10 seconds being the co-latitude. I’m a sundial maker of many years and it’s wonderful to see one so well preserved.
A similar dial made by the Rev R. W. Essington in Newquay, Cornwall, in the 19th century had the following inscription:
The hours are graven round the cross’s sides, And on them all in turn a shadow glides; If the sun shines, and draws a line, redeem The time, for lo! It passes like a dream; But if the line be absent, mark the loss Of hours not ruled by shadows from the cross.