No Need To Wind This Clock


This magnificent sun dial was erected on the wall of Eyam parish church in 1775.  I’ve posted a photo of it before, but this one was taken in October during our stay in Derbyshire. The village of Eyam is famous for its extraordinary response to an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1665 wherein the villagers agreed to quarantine the entire village so as not to spread the infection. You can read more of this story at an earlier post: In Search of Lost Time in Eyam and an Outbreak of Plague. As to the accuracy of this sun clock, well according to my camera it was exactly one hour slow when I took the photo, but then that may have more to do with the way we keep shunting the hour about at different seasons.


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33 thoughts on “No Need To Wind This Clock

  1. That sun dial is magnificent and I just wonder about how someone knew how to capture the passage of time, measuring the hours, all those years ago.

    1. It could feel a bit creepy, I agree. On the other hand the locals seem to have embraced their past with pride rather than nostalgia. We met some lovely elder ladies manning the museum. They were an absolute riot.

  2. Have you read ‘Year of Wonders’? I must re-read it. I find that whole story fascinating.

    1. Interesting point. Both the sundial and the wind up clock somehow engage one with the process of marking time. Whereas battery timepieces just carry on oblivious, some with a rather repellant gleam or blink.

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