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Main view of dialThis unusual vertical direct east dial is on a panel fixed over the east gable of the chancel of All Saints Church. It is a copy of the original dial, and dates from 1912. Because of its orientation, the dial only catches the sun between the hours of 6 and 11am. It can be seen that the hour lines are parallel with each other, with half hour lines in between. The gnomon, green with verdigris, to the top left of the dial, is in the form of a letter "T", the top bar of the T casting a shadow across the dial.

Dial over East gable The inscription above the dial is "WEE SHALL", and when followed by a pun on sundial (soon die all) gives a rather sombre message, which is reinforced by the carvings on top of the dial panel, showing a skull between two hour glasses.

The church at Kedleston dates from the 12th century and lies behind a wing of Kedleston Hall. In about 1700 the east gable of the church was altered to be more in keeping with the house which then existed and this impressive sundial was originally erected. It faces the bedrooms of the present Hall.

This was the church of Kedleston village, but the village was eventually moved away from the hall. Three halls have stood on this site, the present one begun in1759.

The church is now in the ownership of the Churches Conservation Trust, and can only be visited when the Hall grounds are open to the public.


Scratch dial On the wall under a south facing window is this ancient scratch dial. It is 10" (27cm) wide, and consists of a double semi-circle and radiating lines. At the centre was a hole, now filled in, for a stick gnomon which would have protruded from the wall. The time being taken from where the shadow passed the combination of lines and small shallow holes.


National Trust site for Kedleston hall


Lat 52° 57' 30" N
Lon 1° 32' 06" W
OS SK 312 403