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SUNDIALS IN HARTINGTON
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This declining wall sundial is over and to the left of the porch door of St. Giles Church. Across the top of the dial is the inscription "SO MARCHES THE GOD OF DAY".
Dial The Rev. Charles Cox, a noted scholar of his time, (1843 to 1919), considered the quotation to be "semi- heathenish." But Joyce Critchlow, in her book Derbyshire Churchyards, believes that it recalls Christ's words in John 9:4 "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day......I am the light of the world."

The iron gnomon is a simple triangle springing from the face, and the bottom support is set to the left so that the style is inclined to the south. The Arabic numerals and hour lines are clearly seen, (The age of the dial is unknown). The photograph was taken at around 11am BST and so shows local time of 10am.

Detail of sun face Directly underneath the inscription is a semi- circular sun face set on its side, showing one eye, half a nose and half of a rather downcast mouth. Small rays emanate from its edge. These details cannot be seen clearly from the ground.

Porch of St Giles Hartington Directly over the door is an empty niche which once held a statue of St Giles, patron saint of the church which was founded in the 13th century.

The church is also noted for its curious collection of gargoyles.

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There is also a horizontal dial in the grounds of Hartington Hall, now a youth hostel. The pedestal is of stone, is square in section and capped with a square stone slab, and stands on a two tiered octagonal base.
The original brass dial of 1703 had a gnomon in the shape of a dolphin, and was engraved with roman numerals and a verse. Unfortunately that dial is no longer there, although the original fixing holes can be seen. There is evidence that the original dial was in place during 1952.

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LOCATION

Lat 53° 08' 27" N
Lon 1° 48' 24" W
OS SK 130 605