Sundial at Priory Gardens, Kirklees Park


Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1133846

Date first listed: 02-Dec-1983

Date of most recent amendment: 15-Sep-2014

Location Description: Sundial at SE1756622048, within the garden of Priory Gardens, Kirklees Park, West Yorkshire


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Location Description: Sundial at SE1756622048, within the garden of Priory Gardens, Kirklees Park, West Yorkshire

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Calderdale (Metropolitan Authority)

Parish: Non Civil Parish

National Grid Reference: SE1756622048


Sundial dated 1617, re-set on a new plinth in 1911 and moved to its current position at Priory Gardens (still within Kirklees Park) in 1989.

Reasons for Designation

The sundial within the garden at Priory Gardens, Kirklees Park, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Date: as a good, well preserved example of an early C17 sundial; * Historical interest: for the various inscriptions including the two versions of the Armytage coat of arms (1617 and 1911) and the two C20 inscriptions documenting the relocations of the sundial, which also contribute to the special interest of the structure.


The sundial is inscribed with the date 1617 and the Armytage coat of arms with the initials IA and W. The initials IA are thought to stand for John Armytage (either son or grandson of the John Armytage who bought the estate in 1565), the W probably being his wife's initial. Although it is not known where the sundial was originally positioned, it was probably near to Kirklees Hall as John Armytage (died 1624) is thought to have used Kirklees Hall as his residence, having built the Jacobean north front in 1610. The sundial was moved and set on a new base just within the ha ha to the south of Kirklees Hall in 1911 by Sir George John Armytage (6th Baronet). It was moved to its present position in 1989 by the widow of the 8th Baronet (whose initials were MMA).


Sundial, 1617, re-set on a new plinth 1911, moved to current position 1989.

Sundial: thin, square stone slab set horizontally with a bronze (probably later replacement) gnomon and inscribed hour lines and chapter dial. The southern quadrant is inscribed 1617, the date split to flank the Armytage coat of arms, below which are the initials IA and W. The north east corner is inscribed: CORRIGE PRETERITUM REGE PRESENS CERNE FUTURU [learn from the past, regulate the present, discern the future] The north west corner is inscribed: UT HORA } SIC VITA } FUGIT' [As the hours fly, so flies the day]

Plinth: square plinth with simple chamfered base and cap, set on an octagonal, flag stone step. The south face is inscribed: SEMPER PARATUS SED SINE SOLE SILEO [I am always ready, but do not speak without the sun.]

The north face carrys the Armytage coat of arms in relief and is inscribed: RE-ERECTED 1911 GJA MGA

The west face is inscribed ME HIC POSVIT MMA 1989 [MMA moved me here 1989]


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 338860

Legacy System: LBS

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