ST7508 : Scratch dial, The Church of St Mary and St James

taken 7 years ago, near to Droop, Dorset, Great Britain

Scratch dial, The Church of St Mary and St James
Scratch dial, The Church of St Mary and St James
About four feet above the ground on the tower is the marks of a scratch dial but the metal rod is missing.

Normally located near the south porch of old churches. Usually about six to ten inches across with radiating lines coming from a central hole. These were used by priests as clocks to determine the time for mass. A wooden peg known as a gnomon (Greek indicator) was placed in the hole and the shadow cast by the sun moved round the dial. When the shadow touched one of the radiating lines it was time for a mass.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 12 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 6 July, 2010
Category
Church detail   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 75333 08292 [1m precision]
WGS84: 50:52.4157N 2:21.1165W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 75333 08292
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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