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.
|Plant, James W||Designer|
|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
|Precise location||Kwik Save Car Park|
|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|