Fountain’s sundial attracts experts

Sundial expert Harriet James is surveying the sundial at the top of the founatin in the Abbey Gardens to see what condition it's in and how much it would cost to restore
Sundial expert Harriet James is surveying the sundial at the top of the founatin in the Abbey Gardens to see what condition it's in and how much it would cost to restore
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A FOUNTAIN which has remained a popular feature of Bury St Edmunds despite being moved in the 1930s received expert attention this week.

On Tuesday, three advisers could be seen examining the fountain in the Abbey Gardens, with the aid of a cherrypicker to reach the sundial at its top.

They were invited by the Abbey Gardens Friends to assess what would need to be done to restore it and the cost involved in any future repair, which would be fully funded by the group.

Group secretary Margaret Wilkin said the fountain, which was relocated in 1939 from its former home outside The Nutshell, was found to be badly worn in places.

She said its sundial was particularly unique and that a Latin inscription and a graph had been discovered on two of its faces.

“They were particularly interested in the graph at the top which allows an equation between solar time and British Summer Time,” she added.

The Abbey Gardens Friends have arranged for Kevin Karney, a member of the British Sundial Society, to give an illustrated sundials - exceptional timekeepers talk next Saturday (June 30).

It will be held at the Unitarian Meeting House, in Churchgate Street, Bury, at 11.30am.

For details call 01284 753698.