The A-Z Tour
6. Seven Dials
The Seven Dials Monument stands at the rond-point midway down Monmouth Street. The monument is a column topped with six sundials; the seventh "dial" is the column itself, which does after all cast a shadow. The original column was erected in 1694, but that was removed in 1773 after false rumours that treasure was buried beneath it. The current column is a replica that was built on the original site in 1988.
"Where famed St Gilesís ancient limits spread
An in-railed column rears its lofty head,
Here to seven streets seven dials count the day,
And from each other catch the circling ray."
John Gay (1685-1732)
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