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Latitude: 53.0897 / 53°5'22"N
Longitude: -3.3468 / 3°20'48"W
OS Eastings: 309897
OS Northings: 355566
OS Grid: SJ098555
Mapcode National: GBR 6Q.99JC
Mapcode Global: WH77G.KLHR
Entry Name: Sundial at Pool Park
Listing Date: 25 January 1999
Last Amended: 25 January 1999
Source ID: 21220
Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces
Location: Located on top of a terraced rise immediately opposite the main front of the house.
Locality: Pool Park
Traditional County: Denbighshire
Garden sundial dated 1661 and bearing the carved initials C.S. These probably refer to Charles Salesbury of Bachymbyd (near Ruthin, Denbighshire), second son of Colonel William `Blue Stockings' Salesbury, the famous royalist commander and defender of Denbigh Castle. Charles Salesbury also served as a royalist officer during the Civil Wars and was amongst those nominated as Knight of the Royal Oak at the Restoration. It was he who rebuilt Bachymbyd in 1666; he served as High Sheriff of the county in 1661, significantly the year which appears on the sundial. It seems probable that the sundial originated at Bachymbyd and was brought to Pool Park at the time of the rebuilding under Lord Bagot of Blithfield between 1826 and 1829. The Bagots had inherited the Pool Park and Bachymbyd estates through marriage into the Salesbury house in 1670.
Sandstone sundial base of columnar type. On a moulded square plinth with chamfered corners. The shaft has noticeable entasis and sits upon a tall rectangular base with strapwork decoration to its 4 faces. Surmounting the shaft is a square abacus with paired, chip-carved rosettes to two of its faces, and the date 1661 and the initials C.S. to the other two respectively; these are raised in relief. The sundial plate itself is missing and the sundial is supported by modern strapping wires.
Listed for its special interest as a dated C17 garden sundial.
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