Sundial

 

SundialMost medieval churches have a sundial.

It is usually situated above the porch or on the south face of the tower.

Its main purpose was to ensure that the bell was rung at the correct time to mark daytime canonical hours.

In many places, the sundial was the only reliable public timepiece until the early 19th century.

Eventually sundials developed into church clocks.

 

(text and images courtesy of Heritage Inspired)