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Sundial in the E Garden

A Grade II Listed Building in Chirk, Wrexham

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Latitude: 52.9347 / 52°56'4"N

Longitude: -3.0892 / 3°5'20"W

OS Eastings: 326891

OS Northings: 338034

OS Grid: SJ268380

Mapcode National: GBR 72.M045

Mapcode Global: WH78C.JH6J

Entry Name: Sundial in the E Garden

Listing Date: 29 July 1998

Last Amended: 29 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20238

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: The sundial is set in a pathway between the privy garden and the main top cross walk of the Eastern gardens of the Castle.

County: Wrexham

Town: Wrexham

Community: Chirk (Y Waun)

Community: Chirk

Locality: Chirk Castle

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Probably one of the sundials recorded as having been made for the gardens in the C17 by William Probert, who, in 1696, was paid fifteen shillings 'for a pillar of ffreestone pedistall & broad stone to sett the diall in the Castle garden'.


A bold baluster shaft of stone with a necking ring and round ogee-moulded capital carrying a bronze plate and gnomon inscribed I MARK ONLY THE SHINING HOURS. The shaft stands on a moulded foot and is set on a circular slabbed stone platform.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an early example of a baluster sundial, which became a favoured garden ornament in the C18; a component in the layout of the gardens at Chirk Castle.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Bronze Statue on a plinth in the E garden
    The figure stands at the S end of the top cross walk in the eastern gardens.
  • II Dovecote
    The dovecote stands to the S of the S range of the Home Farm buildings, on the edge of the National Trust park.
  • II Statue in the E Garden
    The two statues flank the opening in the hedge between the upper cross lawn, and the lower fruit tree lawn in the E gardens of the Castle.
  • II Statue in the E Garden
    The statue flanks the opening in the hedge between the top cross lawn and the lower fruit tree garden, E of Chirk Castle.
  • II Screen Wall and Towers defining the S Stable Yard on the S side
    The structure runs parallel to the S wing of the stables, on the lip of the escarpment
  • II* Stable Ranges
    The stables adjoin the castle to the S, forming two sides of the service courtyard
  • II Walls to the Privy Garden
    The privy garden adjoins the castle on the SE side. The walls define the it on the E and S, and on the W to the lower service yard
  • I Chirk Castle
    The castle stands on a bluff overlooking and controlling the Ceiliog Valley. It is reached by Station Avenue running directly W from Chirk township.

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