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The analemmatic sundial shown on this page is located at Downe House School near Newbury, Berkshire, UK.  It is at Latitude 51.3 N; Longitude 1.3 W.  Peter Ransom, a teacher, was responsible for laying out this dial to ensure accurate placement of the hour and date tiles. 


Downe House School Sundial

The Meridian for this dial was set out Easter 2002 and all the positions of central date scale and hour markers were marked by pegs at that time.

The major axis of the dial, positioned east-west, is approximately 8 metres.

After all the tiles were positioned they were set into place in concrete bases.

The sundial was officially opened in July 2002.


Date Tiles The tiles were made by a Year 9 class (13/14 year old) of girls under the supervision of Ms. Judy Powell during the 1999/2000 academic year.

The tiles are made of ceramic and as a result of shrinkage during the firing process some effort was required in laying them out correctly.

Each of the 26 tiles making up the date scale and hour markers was hand crafted by the students. Each tile is a work of art and all the students should be very proud of the accomplishment. This is a beautiful sundial!


5,6,7,8 Hour Markers

9,10,1  Hour Markers

 

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