SJ9995 : Warhill Sundial

taken 10 years ago, near to Mottram in Longdendale, Tameside, Great Britain

Warhill Sundial
Warhill Sundial
According to the Public Monument and Sculpture Association (weblink now dead) "It is widely assumed that the present sundial stands on or close to the site of the Mottram Cross though both the documentary and archaeological evidence of an older cross is frustratingly slight. It is unclear when a cross was first built and when a sundial was added. Writing shortly after the erection of the present monument, Thomas Middleton repeated the local tradition that the cross was erected in or about 1760 though he did note that there appeared to be some confusion about whether the reports referred to the Mottram Crown Pole which was also raised in that coronation year. Aikin, or more likely Stockdale who had first-hand knowledge of Mottram, noted the existence of an ancient cross by the churchyard in the much quoted volume of 1795. Notes made by John Wagstaffe, churchwarden at St Michael's, state that the sundial was the work of a Mr Wardleworth. It is, however, known that the present sundial was built using stone from the earlier cross, and erected in honour of Queen's Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The new sundial was situated a short distance from the place where the cross stood and was paid for by 'a few private subscribers'."
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Date Taken
Saturday, 8 August, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 8 August, 2009
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Primary Subject of Photo
Date (from Tags)
1760  1897 
Person (from Tags)
Thomas Middleton  John Wagstaffe 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 994 952 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:27.2404N 2:0.6121W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 994 952
View Direction
NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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Sundial  Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee 

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