For the past year, Bishopthorpe Local History Group has been lobbying United Co-operatives to restore the badly-weathered sundial on their property in Main Street. We are now delighted to announce that they have agreed to finance the work. Men from the Co-op’s Property Division carefully removed the ancient dial from the front of the store into the care of sundial restorer, Harriet James. Harriet has taken it back to her workshop in Wiltshire and will return the restored dial in a few months time.
The stone sundial may well date back to the late 17th century. The barely legible Latin inscription is Tempus Labile, appropriately, ‘Time slips away’. The full story and history of the sundial is on the History Group’s web pages.