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Attleboro  

Sundial: 917
State/Province:  Massachusetts Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Dial Condition:  Poor
  Latitude and Longitude: 41° 56.778' N  71° 17.484' W
Location:
  • Thomas Willett Elementary School
    32 Watson Ave, Attleboro

    Located on south side of the building above the bay window
 
Description:
  • A 45 x 45 inch slate sundial hangs over the bay window. The dial is a vertical decliner with hour lines from 4am to 1pm. The gnomon has been damaged, but if you look carefully, there is a nodus and on the dial face are faint declination lines showing summer & winter solstices and the equinox. The hours are delineated on the hour and marked in Arabic numbers.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Attleboro School System
  • In the upper left corner the latitude and longitude are engraved. In the upper right corner the date is clearly visible.
  • Designer: R. Newton Mayall
  • Builder: R. Newton Mayall
  • Construction Date: 1940
 
References:
  • The Attleboro City Report of 1941 acknowledged Mayall's dial. A page of that report is included as a PDF file.

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Last Revised: 2018-09-10 20:35
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