Last winter I was asked by Lord Faringdon of Buscot Park, Oxfordshire, to make an Obelisk Sundial to go at the end of a sweeping walk in the grounds of Buscot Park. The obelisk was designed by Sundial expert Sir Mark Lennox-Boyd to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The obelisk has 6 faces of green slate, with noduses made from bronze with gold plate. One each face I carved Egyptian hieroglyphs which represent six different things, namely the Queen, Morning, Noon, Eternity, and Afternoon. I was given advice on these carvings by an Egyptologist from the British Museum.
Buscot Park, in Oxfordshire has fantastic sweeping grounds down to a lake with a number of avenues lined with trees, each culminating in a focal point, this obelisk being one of them. The sundial tells the time to the minute and visitors enjoy working out how to read it. For more information visit Fergus Wessel’s website.