Solv­ing the puzzle of the strange sun­dial

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor - Joanna Mig­dal, Ox­ford­shire

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.

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