Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

Washington  

Sundial: 203
State/Province:  District of Columbia Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Good
  Latitude and Longitude: 38° 55.786' N  77° 4.260' W
Location:
  • NW corner of the Bishop's Garden on the south side of the Washington National Cathedral.
 
Description:
  • In the Bishop's garden is a weathered 13th C. capital on which sits a 41 cm diameter horizontal brass dial. It is engraved with "Tho Heath, London" and the year 1712. On the noon line is the indication "Hammersmith", a location on the (then) outskirts of London at 51:30N 0:14W. Heath is one of the Grocers' Company mathematical instrument makers Many of Heath's dials have a coat of arms.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: National Cathedral
  • It is engraved with "Tho Heath, London" and the year 1712. On the noon line is the indication "Hammersmith"
  • Designer: Thomas Heath
  • Builder: Heath - Grocers' Company
  • Construction Date: 1712
 
References: Web Links:
  • Geo. McDowel, Twelve Sundials of Washington DC, nr. 6

Last Revised: 2020-12-11 15:17:20

Site Search

Current Sun

Sundial = Civil + EoT

We use session cookies on this site. Please review our policies or click OK to approve and continue.