National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Armillary Sphere


Type Sculpture

     This open sphere made of painted steel bands is set on a bell-shaped support. This is mounted on a stone cylindrical base, set on three circular steps. These steps are set in a red brick circular surround. Set into the cylinder is a rectangular brass plate with the above inscription. Around the base of the bell shaped support are engraved the words TEMPUS FUIT EST ET ERIT in red capitals.
          The work commemorates a local woman, Mary Ada Blagg (1858-1944), who has a small crater on the moon named after her.


Millenium/Armillary Sphere/Designed & constructed by/James W Plant/This armillary sphere representing the great circles of/the heavens, was erected to mark the beginning of the 3rd Millenium. It/stands as a reminder to all, that as the sun tracks across its timescale,/Time does not stand still.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Plant, James W Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
brick paving red brick 5.2m diameter
lower step limestone 3.2m diameter x 14cm high
middle step limestone 2.8m diameter x 16cm high
top step limestone 96cm diameter x 17cm high
cylindrical pedestal limestone 72cm diameter x 1.5m high
armillary sphere steel, painted gold and copper 1.36m diameter

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STsmCHxx003 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road None
Precise location Kwik Save Car Park
A-Z ref None
OS ref SK009433
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 2001
Unveiling details Unveiled 4 May 2001by Sir Francis Graham Smith FRS, Astronomer Royal 1982-1990
Commissioned by Qwik Save
Duty of care Kwik Save supermarket
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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