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DeLand  

Sundial 360
State/Province:  Illinois Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Four-dialed pillar Condition:  Good for its age
Latitude:   40° 08' N Longitude:   88° 39' W
Location:
  • Goose Creek Township Cemetery. Route 10 just west of DeLand
 
Description:
  • Granite four-dialed pillar about 5 foot high, possibly dating from the mid 17th century. Purportedly found in 1650 in Tinturn, Monmouthshire, England, and consistent with the dial latitude of 52 N. Dial face is 18 x18 inches. Gnomons on both east and west sides are turned off its original declination. A gift from Robert H. Allerton. The dial is well-traveled, and was brought to the United States in 1890 by the John Wanamaker stores. The fascinating history of this dial can be found in NASS Compendium Vol. 6 No. 1, Dec., 1998.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner:
  • "Time Flies" and on the current base: "A gift from Robert H. Allerton
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  • Construction Date: 1650 (England)
 
References:
  • NASS Compendium Vol. 6 No. 1, p. 1, Mar 1999