A portable sundial which, when closed, looks like a leather bound book (bought in a sort of arts and crafts market in Plaza Santa Ana in Madrid at about one in the morning after an enjoyable meal in a nearby restaurant 🙂 )

This is the sundial over the door of Dial Cottage home of the railway pioneer George Stephenson.
The inscription reads-
George Stephenson. Engineer. Inventor of the Locomotive Engine. Lived in this cottage from 1805 to 1823; his first locomotive (Blücher) was built at the adjacent colliery wagon shops, and on July 25th 1814 was placed on the wagonway which crosses the road at the east end of this cottage.

And the Big Daddy of all sundials, the Samrat Yantra, part of the observatory of Jantar Mantar in Jaipoor, India.

7 comments for “Sundials

  1. Chuckles
    September 26, 2012 at 08:35

    How did you know it was one in the morning?

  2. JD
    September 26, 2012 at 09:04

    I had it written down on a piece of paper 🙂

  3. Chuckles
    September 26, 2012 at 09:44

    Showing your age JD? That makes two of us. A classic.

  4. Amfortas
    September 26, 2012 at 15:55


  5. September 26, 2012 at 20:28

    Go-on JD!! 😀

  6. September 26, 2012 at 22:13

    That top one is rather fancy and I like the name of the cottage in the second one 🙂 As to the third one, that must have taken some building!

  7. September 26, 2012 at 23:03

    Is that a compass in the middle to allow you to know how to position the portable sundial in order to get the right time? Intriguing. Did it come with instructions?

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