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Fredericton  

Sundial: 397
State/Province:  New Brunswick Country:  Canada
Dial Type:  Vertical Dial Condition:  Restored
  Latitude and Longitude: 45° 57.717' N  66° 27.617' W
Location:
  • Fredericton Military Compound, NW corner of Queen and Carleton Streets. On east wall of Soldiers Barracks
 
Description:
  • A vertical declining dial 7 x 7 feet with parged cement face and 5 foot wrought iron gnomon. Plaque on wall reads "The sundial at the top of this wall is a faithful reconstruction of the original which Frederictonians used during the 1800s and early 1900s. The shadow cast by the gnomon (style) onto the dial accurately displays local apparent solar time." An equation of Time is included on the plaque to determine mean time. The date of the original construction of this sundial is not known, but the Soldiers Barracks were built in 1826. The dial was restored in 1992.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Province of New Brunswick
  • Designer: Dr. Richard Langley, Univ. of New Brunswick
  • Builder: Restored by Heritage Branch, Province of New Brunswick
  • Construction Date: ca. 1826. Restored 1992
 
References:
  • Kennedy, J.E. "Time and its measurement in Fredericton", Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Journal, Vol. 66, pp 311-313, 1972

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