Long after the Roman Empire had died, along with all talk of seizing the day, a large Portland stone building was constructed in Lewes between 1808-1812. As the County Hall it needed to appear authoritative, and the combination of size and classical design resulted in an imposing building for a market town with a population of less than 5,000. It appears the sundial predates the building itself as it has the year 1717 painted in Roman numerals.
I took this photograph a couple of summers ago when I was in a phase of getting up very early to walk around town on photographic missions — a definite case of seizing the morning! It was around 6.00am and, as the building is south-facing, the sun was rising to its right, hence the light catching the protruding arm of the sundial and the wooden carving on the left slope of the roof.