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Ardress House
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An octagonal brass dial in good but blackened condition, 12" (305mm) across the flats kept inside (not on display) Ardress House, a National Trust Property, 11 km west of Portadown on the B28.
The dial shows 4a.m. to 8p.m. in 30, 15 and 7½ min divisions. There is an outer minute ring marked "0 10 20 30 40 50 0.." repeating. With full hour lines on the plate, the half hour are marked by fleur-de-lys, the hours in Roman numerals, four as IIII. It has a split noon to compensate for the pierced 200mm high gnomon and is inscribed " Ardmagh " an old way of spelling of Armagh, and " Lat 54° 23' "

Ardress House was originally a modest 17th Century farmhouse. It was transformed into a little mansion by the architect George Ensor when he married Sarah Clarke of Ardress in 1760.

British Sundial Society SR No 3757

Lat 54° 27'    Long 6° 36'

Irish Grid    H  291300     355800

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