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The Old Sundial

This was taken during our Dorset visit last year and is the sundial clock on the front of the Coastguard Building at Poole. Sadly there wasn’t much sun that afternoon to get a really strong shadow.  Samuel Weston, to whom the clock was dedicated, was an interesting character. A local merchant, Weston was returned for Poole in 1705. His only known vote was in favour of the Court candidate for Speaker on 25 Oct. A loyal supporter of the Whig Junto, Weston’s political conduct exasperated Country Whigs such as Lord Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley*), who described Weston and his colleague at Poole, (Sir) William Phippard, as ‘sad Whig tools’. Weston was classed as a Whig in early 1708, but did not stand at the subsequent general election. He remained active in local politics, however, obtaining the mayoralty of Poole in 1710. He made his will on 22 Sept. 1716 and died before the end of the year, the will being proved in December.

The Old Sundial

This was taken during our Dorset visit last year and is the sundial clock on the front of the Coastguard Building at Poole. Sadly there wasn’t much sun that afternoon to get a really strong shadow.  Samuel Weston, to whom the clock was dedicated, was an interesting character. A local merchant, Weston was returned for Poole in 1705. His only known vote was in favour of the Court candidate for Speaker on 25 Oct. A loyal supporter of the Whig Junto, Weston’s political conduct exasperated Country Whigs such as Lord Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley*), who described Weston and his colleague at Poole, (Sir) William Phippard, as ‘sad Whig tools’. Weston was classed as a Whig in early 1708, but did not stand at the subsequent general election. He remained active in local politics, however, obtaining the mayoralty of Poole in 1710. He made his will on 22 Sept. 1716 and died before the end of the year, the will being proved in December.

comments (17)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 24 Apr 2013, 00:57
Good looking sun clock
Brian Walbey: Indeed vintage, i see from the shadow I took this just after 2 pm., it works smile
  • Frances
  • United States
  • 24 Apr 2013, 01:30
Fantastic shot Brian! The editing and framing makes this a very artsy capture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frances, it took a bit of work to get this straight on, I had to point the camera up to take this and had quite strong converging verticals.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Apr 2013, 02:15
Very pleasing composition here, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, it took a bit of work to get this straight on, I had to point the camera up to take this and had quite strong converging verticals.
well place in the frame. cool shot
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ayush.
I love sun dials! This one is most interesting - great photo Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Apr 2013, 06:38
His name & antics have come down through the years to entertain us Brian. Lovely sundial!
Brian Walbey: It is isn't it. To quote Bill this guy wasn't much different than the current crop of MP's.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Apr 2013, 07:31
You know I "collect" sundials, Brian, don't you. grin I'm not sure I've seen one before that was personalized like this. Hmmmm.
Brian Walbey: I guess it was put up in his memory because he was mayor at one time Ginnie.
As a politician it sounds like he was right up there with many of the current crop. Basically useless

Nice sun dial
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a nice sundial, but why remember a guy like him, mind you you I note he voted even less times than Gordon Brown and that record takes some beating!!!
nice one, old
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal, and the shadow tells me I took this just after 2 pm.so it still works smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Apr 2013, 09:12
Hhahah at Bill; so very true! A good image of the dial, though. I like the flagpole, too, by the adjacent window.. the window is handy for raising the flag.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan. I remarked to Bill he voted even less times than Gordon Brown and that record takes some beating!!!
I have never seen a vertical sundial.
Brian Walbey: I have seen one before, indeed it is part of the image I have set up for 22nd.July.
Fine shot, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Tom.
I love sundials Brian. Superb capture!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, this one is a bit unusual isn't it.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 24 Apr 2013, 19:32
Good that it has been preserved, Brian
Brian Walbey: I quite agree Lisl.
A simple but striking composition Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Fred.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Apr 2013, 19:58
smile I know somebody who really likes this....
This is a wonderful, not to miss sundial.
Great shot.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, I got the message about this sundial from a certain person in her comment smile
A good, bold picture, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Graeme.

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