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Sundial in the E Garden

A Grade II Listed Building in Chirk, Wrexham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9347 / 52°56'4"N

Longitude: -3.0892 / 3°5'20"W

OS Eastings: 326891

OS Northings: 338034

OS Grid: SJ268380

Mapcode National: GBR 72.M045

Mapcode Global: WH78C.JH6J

Entry Name: Sundial in the E Garden

Listing Date: 29 July 1998

Last Amended: 29 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20238

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: The sundial is set in a pathway between the privy garden and the main top cross walk of the Eastern gardens of the Castle.

County: Wrexham

Town: Wrexham

Community: Chirk (Y Waun)

Community: Chirk

Locality: Chirk Castle

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

Probably one of the sundials recorded as having been made for the gardens in the C17 by William Probert, who, in 1696, was paid fifteen shillings 'for a pillar of ffreestone pedistall & broad stone to sett the diall in the Castle garden'.

Exterior

A bold baluster shaft of stone with a necking ring and round ogee-moulded capital carrying a bronze plate and gnomon inscribed I MARK ONLY THE SHINING HOURS. The shaft stands on a moulded foot and is set on a circular slabbed stone platform.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an early example of a baluster sundial, which became a favoured garden ornament in the C18; a component in the layout of the gardens at Chirk Castle.

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