Time Stands Still at English College, Bequest or No

June 12, 2006

All Souls College, a 568-year-old division of the University of Oxford, said today that it would not move a sundial on its campus, even if the price of leaving it undisturbed was a share of an £888,000 estate left by one of its fellows. The scholar, a Slavonic expert named John Simmons, had argued for years before he died that it had been a huge mistake in 1870 to relocate the sundial, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1658 (The Chronicle, June 12). According to The Daily Telegraph, college officials refused the bequest in part because the conditions were “too onerous.”