On a recent trip to Houghton for an exhibition, I forgetfully left my camera in the car. Suddenly we were confronted by a fine ornate C18 pillar or column sundial, fit for one of the marginally better-curated theme pages of this sub-blog, SUNDIALS. Resorting to an iPh*ne in low light was far from ideal, so apologies for the quality of the images. Fortunately you can see the ingenious ways in which the 4 gnomons are attached to achieve the correct shadow angles; and the numbering variations of the faces, depending on their orientation. The result is dawn-to-dusk time-telling. Always provided the sun is shining!
1. A FOUR-SIDED C18 PILLAR SUNDIAL IN THE GARDENS AT HOUGHTON
2. A FOUR-FACED SUNDIAL ON AN OCTAGONAL TOWER: HOUGHTON HALL, WEST FRONT
By the time we got to the house a light drizzle was falling and there was no hope of a decent photo. I’ve had to borrow, as credited. I’ve included 1 poor effort at the end simply to give the sundial’s context in relation to the house. Thanks to Elliott Brown for use permission for the first two. You can see these and his other images HERE. Again, you can clearly see the variations in the gnomon placement; and in the numbering / angling of the faces. And, thankfully, proof that the sun does shine in Norfolk.
The image below is credited to Edmund Patrick and licensed via wikimedia commons
Bad weather shot… in all senses
6 thoughts on “SUNDIALS AT HOUGHTON HALL, NORFOLK”
Forgetfully…what a wondeful word,.. I have to put that into my little books of jewels straight away. To forget the camera in the car, tsss…tssss
Still it turned out well, RH! I’ll put Houghton on my list, never heard of it before. 🙂
Greetings to you from…. Bonn this time
Hi Dina. It’s a convenient and less perjorative adverb than ‘stupidly’ (which was in fact entirely the correct adverb for the situation…). When you are back, catch the ‘Walpole paintings rehung back at home from Catherine the Great’s collection’ Ex. at Houghton. Closes end of Sept. Even nearer to you than Oxburgh! RH
We will, we sure will do! Lots of love from Bonn, Cley and Oslo 🙂
Never seen a four-sided sundial before, nor one on a knife! Intriguing.
Those multi-ones are great, aren’t they. Did my link take you to the one at Kelburn Castle? I’ve never seen so many dials / gnomons. Worth a look just to wonder at it! As for the sundial knife, I’ve a feeling it may not be very good at either job…