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Sundial with thatched roof. Which is totally sane.
I went for a drive, to avoid computericide.  On the way back from the Little House of Coffee - the best cafe I've found in Wiltshire - I decided to find the big monument you could see form the road.

The big monument turns out to be in Cherhill, a place that needs further figuring out.  For a start, it has a thatched sundial.  Really.  I stopped to see why they had built a thatched roof around (but not over) a stone, and it turns out to be a sundial.  Which seems to be set to daylight savings time.  Random...

The momument seems to be to some nbleman's gradad, which is fair enough, but the inscription is several hunderd years newer than the actual column.  It is next to a modern white horse, on the end of a hill fort.  It's all very mysterious - why would you build an enormous great pillar to your grandad and not say that on the enormous great pillar? Next to a hill fort makes sense - it's high up.  But why would ANYONE thatch a sundial? 
londonstudent says:
Not sure whether your question was rhetorical, but ... preliminary investigations suggest that you should have asked: why would anyone put a sun-dial in a bus-shelter? See
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/811095
Posted on: Apr 26, 2009
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