We’ve not had a sundial for a while, so today, I bring you some of Greenwich’s newest (though we don’t really seem to have any really old ones – publicly-viewed, at least, maybe there are some private ones someone can tell me about…) solar clocks.
I even like the plaque on the side that reminds us that the place is funded by the Mercers’ Company in the City. I don’t know how many mercers are still in the City these days (I have a jewellery-making friend who got quite excited to be invited to a dinner held by the Goldsmiths Company, thinking they’d meet loads of like-minded metal workers, and there were only about two there – the rest were bankers) but the main thing is that they’re obviously still pretty wealthy and looking after sundry elderly people around Britain.
The second is more of a puzzle to a simple Phantom. The signs of the zodiac on lines which appear to lead to each symbol’s ‘opposite’ sign, and a little gnomon which is so short it doesn’t look as though it could cast a shadow on anything unless the light source was immediately above it. I haven’t got much of a clue on this. A moon clock or something? Maybe someone who speaks Latin can translate the motto for me?