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Sundial: 129
State/Province:  Ontario Country:  Canada
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  No Longer Exists
  Latitude and Longitude: 44° 10' N  76° 30' W
  • In front of City Hall
  • A horizontal dial approximately 18 inches in diameter. Made of iron with a solid triangular gnomon Cast raised lettering, sun face, sea symbol. Hours marked by raised lines only. 7AM-5PM. On a small white plaque at the north of the dial are the words "Man eats his bread and records the hour; but the mills of the gods grind eternal flour." Very appropriate considering the dial rests on an old millstone. Update: as of Nov 1996 this dial no longer exists. The millstone is still there in front of City Hall, but the sundial and plaques are gone. Wrought iron base, supporting a large millstone on which the dial is mounted.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Kingston
  • In raised letters around the dial: "Bread to Live", "Time to Think", "Reach for the Sun". Cardinal directions indicated by NSEW letters.
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  • Construction Date: 19th C. ?

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