B362.1 Sundials

Sundial Castletown
Sundial Castletown
(Manx Note Book vol 1 #3 p109)

Before the days of public clocks (of which the Island had few though Castletown's 1-fingered one is famous) or personal watches, sundials were the only mechanism for telling the time. All parish churches had a sundial; other public dials were the line painted on Peel Castle wall to indicate local noon and the rather impractical Castletown sundial mounted on top of its 'babby house'.

It is assumed that most farms and large houses would have their own dial - Gill gives a list of those known c.1945.

Jurby Dial (in poor condition)

Jurby Dial


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