The Droskyn Clock, Perranporth - marking Cornish time and not that of England

A giant clifftop sundial telling Cornish time took place as the major millenium project for Perranzabuloe. The Parish Council planned to construct a circle of standing stones; each marked with an hour.

Stuart Thorn from Perranporth designed the 20 foot stainless steel gnomon to cast shadows onto the standing stones.

The stones are aligned so they show the Cornish time rather than Greenwich Mean Time. When the sun is at its highest point, the North pointing gnomon will cast a shadow directly North onto the midday stone; in London it would happen approximately 12 minutes earlier.

Mr Thorn felt he wanted people to be aware of their whereabouts and placed a granite lectern above the site to explain to the North of the Sundial is thought to be the landing place of St.Piran. and up into the sand dunes the sites of St. Piran's Oratory, the Lost Church and St. Piran's Cross.

The site chosen was below Droskyn car park on the grassy clifftop alongside the path leading to the beach. The whole area is landscaped using granite, cobbles and grass.

The seven foot high standing stones were recovered by the Parish Council when workmen excavated around the road bridge over the river in Perranporth town centre.

It is not known how old the stones are but:

they may be the oldest stones ever moved by man at Perranporth.