Sundials in Ireland - Ancient Monastic Dials

Bangor Co. Down

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Bangor Castle, which now serves as the Town Hall, was completed in 1852 for Robert Edward Ward. It was really more of a grand manor than a castle, with 35 bedrooms and a ballroom. The local council acquired the property in the early 1950s and the castle is now the headquarters of North Down Borough Council. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens featuring flowerbeds of azaleas and rhododendrons and a variety of international trees and plants from around the world. In the Rose Garden there is an ancient, vertical, stone sundial - the red arrow in the photo points to it


1500mm high 300mm wide by 200mm thick dated circa 900 A.D. Originally located in Bangor Monastery, of which nothing remains, it was relocated to the Castle over 100 years ago. Only five timelines of a possible twelve remain on the damaged 'U' shaped head and nothing remains of the gnomon but the hole in the slab where a gnomon would have fitted. Three crosses are carved on the shaft.

British Sundial Society SR4219

Lat 54° 40' North   Long 5° 40' West

IRISH GRID    J  350530   382350

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