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Bespoke horizontal sundial commissions.

Please contact Stephen to discuss your requirements


Horizontal sundials, flat sundials, or sundial plates as they are sometimes known; have for a long time been the quintisential dial for gardens and parks of all sizes, they form a wonderful focal point that is sure to draw the viewers eye.

Stephen’s horizontal sundials are all hand crafted and engraved with the clients choice of personalised inscription. He does not limit the number of letters / spaces; but instead prefers to work closely with his clients to ensure that each dial carries the sentiment that the client wishes it to carry. Stephen can work with text to ensure that its placement and proportion is in harmony with the chosen dial.

They can be made to show local apparent time (time as told by the sun) or be made to enable standard time to be calculated (clock time) the latter includes an Equation of time graph to factor in the “time fast” “time slow” conundrum associated with sundials.         

A number of sundial mottos can be found here.

These sundial plates are made from brass and are supplied with a matte finish, they will quickly begin to patinate and develop a rich bronze-brown colour.

Installation instructions and solarnoon chart are provided with each dial to allow for accurate sundial alignment and Stephen recommends using modern adhesive for fixing. However if customers prefer; dials can be pre drilled for screwing down to plinths. Screws will be supplied..











“Compass” brass horizontal sundial.


The dial face reads Local Apparent Time (6am to 6pm) The inner ring shows 1 hour daylight saving (BST in the uk) Other time zones can be applied.

The ”Compass” dial has a  buttressed gnomon  for robustness with plenty of space available to allow engraving of mottos / logos or personal messages. Engraving included , Stephen will always endeavour to include your exact requirements, but space may limit what is possible. A small extra charge for engraving company “logos” may apply.


SIZE 250mm diameter                                  PRICE  £190.00 + delivery

Can be made Octagonal

250mm across flats                                       PRICE  £190.00 + delivery


“Compass longitude adjusted” brass horizontal sundial.

The dial face reads “Greenwhich “ adjusted time. The gnomon shadow will be on 12 noon when the sun passes over the Greenwich meridian( 0 degrees)  When the shadow is covering the engraved diamond this will mark “Local apparent noon” which will be fast if the dial is in the east and slow if the dial is westerly of Greenwhich. Using the Equation of time graph it is possible to calculate “Clock” time. Individually calculated to precise location.



SIZE 250mm diameter                                  PRICE  £255.00 + delivery

Can be made Octagonal

250mm across flats                                       PRICE  £255.00 + delivery

“Orbit” brass horizontal sundial.


The dial face reads Local Apparent Time (5am to 7pm)  .

The ”Orbit” dial has a  buttressed gnomon  for robustness  with plenty  of space available to allow engraving of mottos / logos or  personal messages.  Engraving included , Stephen will  always endeavour to include your exact requirements, but  space may limit what is possible. A small extra charge for  engraving “logos” may apply.


SIZE 250mm diameter                                  PRICE  £190.00 + delivery

Can be made Octagonal

250mm across flats                                       PRICE  £190.00 + delivery

“Deco” brass horizontal sundial.


The dial face reads Local Apparent Time (5am to 7pm)

This  ”Art Deco” style dial has a  buttressed gnomon  for robustness  with plenty  of space available to allow engraving of mottos / logos or  personal messages.  Engraving included , Stephen will  always endeavour to include your exact requirements, but  space may limit what is possible. A small extra charge for  engraving  company “logos” may apply.


SIZE 250mm square                                 

PRICE  £210.00 + delivery

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How will the dial weather? A commonly asked question

Below are 2 images of a commission made in 2013 for Worth Park

As made

 After 1 year

Don’t try and polish, just let them grow old gracefully.

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