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South Hadley  

Sundial: 338
State/Province:  Massachusetts Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 42° 15.393' N  72° 34.527' W
Location:
  • Mount Holyoke College, SW of Abbey Chapel in the center of a garden
 
Description:
  • This is known as the Mary Deacon Bullard Sundial. It is a bronze-patina horizontal dial about 16 inches in diameter, with a plain gnomon that rises about 6 inches. The chapter ring has time divided into quarter hours. Roman numerals grace the dial from 5am to 7pm. The dial face has an offset 8-point compass rose The dial sits on an ornate stone pillar resting on a two-step octagonal base.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Mount Holyoke College
  • Inscribed along the outer edge of the sundial:
    "I count the bright hours only"
  • Designer: unknown
  • Builder: unknown
  • Construction Date: unknown
 
References:
  • Mayall "Sundials" 1938 describes the dial as 16-inches square dial with inscription "Let others tell of storms and showers / I count only sunny hours" See second photo below circa 2004.

    The current dial (2019) is a replacement. The ornate pedestal remains.

Last Revised: 2019-10-28 18:47:31

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