ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY -- RESEARCH
Studying and sharing Kent's past
- Vol. 127 2007 page 340
Dials of Kent. By
Chris H. K. Williams
TABLE 3. PROPORTION OF MEDIEVAL KENT CHURCHES WITH
of churches a
churches with scratch dial(s) b
a Based on the authorís analysis of Pevsner (J. Newman, West Kent and
the Weald, 1980
& North East and East Kent, 1983).
b From Table 2.
c See Table 2, note (a).
TABLE 4. COMPARISON OF KENT INCIDENCE OF
WITH SOMERSET AND RUTLAND (PER CENT)
a Authorís analysis of data in E. Horne, Primitive Sun Dials or
Scratch Dials. Containing
a list of those in Somerset, 1917.
b From Tables 2 and 3.
c Authorís analysis of data in R. Ovens & S. Sleath, Time in
Rutland. A History and Gazetteer
of the Bells, Scratch Dials, Sundials and Clocks of Rutland,
Today we can only see the distribution of scratch dials
surviving 300-800 years of church rebuilding and weathering.
Although an obvious statement, its implications (and their
estimation) are far from obvious, but of profound importance to
a genuine appreciation of scratch dials. It might be thought the
current high frequency of churches without a dial reflects the
fact many never had one.25 Reflection concludes such
a hypothesis is not credible. Scratch dials were a simple low
cost device. Surviving examples alone are sufficiently numerous
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