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North American Sundial Society

Colwood  

Sundial 656
State/Province:  British Columbia Country:  Canada
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Fair
Latitude:   48°25.597' N Longitude:   123° 28.581' W
Location: Access: This is a private dial. See below for access details.
  • Essencia at Esquimalt Lagoon
    Formerly Havenwood on the Pendray Estate
    In a garden near Bee Creek
    3221 Heatherbell Road
    Colwood (Victoria suburb)
 
Description:
  • A 12 inch octagonal stone horizontal dial with Roman hour numerals. Dial face depicts sun rays radiating from a central Beau Soleil to the hour numerals and outer time scale, which displays 5 minute graduations.

    This historic dial dates from the original Pendray House on the Havenwood, built in 1928. The dial was in poor condition and the gnomon was missing. In July, 2009, NASS member Roger Bailey cleaned the dial, highlighted the markings and fabricated and installed a new brass gnomon.

    The property is now Essencia at Esquimalt Lagoon, a private resort community but with public access for community activities. A stone path and arch lead to the dial, nearly overshadowed by a large tulip tree.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Essencia Village
  • Below the Beau Soleil: "FOR EVERY HOUR THAT PASSES, A REMEMBRANCE, FOR EVERY HOUR THAT STRIKES, A HAPPINESS, FOR EVERY HOUR THAT COMES, A HOPE."
    Just inside the hour circle: "TIME IS PRECIOUS."
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  • Construction Date: Approx. 1930