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Sundial at Pool Park

A Grade II Listed Building in Efenechtyd, Denbighshire

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Coordinates

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

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

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.

County: Denbighshire

Community: Efenechtyd

Community: Efenechtyd

Locality: Pool Park

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

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.

Exterior

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.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special interest as a dated C17 garden sundial.

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