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The Fleet Street Heritage sundial project

The sundial is now completed

The sundial is included in Open House London from 8 to 24 September 2022 .
Talks about the sundial will be given everey day between 9 and 11 a.m.
Please also visit the Tylers and Bricklayers Millennium Sundial at Blackfriars, talks from 12 to 2 pm

See the schedule for map and up-to date informarion

Listen to the podcast on the creation of this huge sundial artwork.
See the Lady Mayoress opening the sundial on 21st October 2021
Please download the booklet distributed at the opening.
Read the 3 British Sundial Society articles A,B and C

The sundial is the first stage of the Fleet Street Heritage project
which will bring together scattered information about the heritage of Fleet Street and
its newspapers as information panels and web pages so that they may be found more easily

For a full explanation of the Equation of Time, go to sundials,co.uk

For tables showing the Standard Time Correction and the time of solar noon in central London for every day of the year, please go to the printouts from solar-noon.com

Click the image, or go to the Sundial Plaques page, to view enlarged images of the 3 plaques under the sundial at eye level

The painting of the sundial is now complete. See pictures here.
Also see the videos 1 (1m32s) and 2 (9m26s) of Steven Whitaker painting the N of the News Chronicle and videos 1 (3m15s) and 2 (8m36s) of painting the Royal Coat of Arms

The wall at the junction of Fleet Street and Bouverie Street - see map
The sundial will be placed on the top two-thirds of the wall,

and there will be three information plaques at eye level
The sundial is the centrepiece of the Fleet Street Heritage project
which aims to make this rich heritage easily available to all
The sundial design with the mastheads of five past newspapers
The planners do not allow current newspaper mastheads
The blue line shows the gnomon which casts the shadow.
The sundial faces East, so it only gets sunshine in the morning
The wall has a step, so the hour lines are not quite continuous

The other sundials in central London designed by Piers Nicholson are shown on our designer page