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The Gnomon - Sundial

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« Reply #45 on: December 16, 2007, 06:05:01 pm »


Semi-circular and situated on the exterior south wall of the church. Date: 7th or early 8th century. Believed to be the earliest sundial in its original place to be found in the United Kingdom.

The design of the serpent has close similarities to representations of the Teutonic creator God who formed part of the pre-Christian religion of the Angles who settled in Northumbria and Yorkshire.

The beast may represent the God of chaos and creativity. The three lines on the face correspond to the three daylight hours of prayer kept by the monks -Terce, Sext and None.

It is not known for certain who built Escomb Church.

When it was built; or why it was built in this particular location.

The first written evidence to the village of 'EDICUM' dates to the end of the 10th century when the village was mortgaged by the Bishop of Durham to some Viking earls (it was later returned).

However, various architectural and archaeological evidence suggest a much earlier date of construction; sometime between 670 and 690 A.D. seems likely.

The general shape and style of the building suggest that it could not have been constructed later than the end of the 7th century, and that it belongs to the earliest period of Northumbrian Christianity.
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