HESH-E33384: Post Medieval: Cannon Ball

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CANNON BALL

Unique ID: HESH-E33384

Object type certainty: Certain
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Cannon ball of post-medieval (probably English Civil War) date (1600-1700AD). The cannonball is sub-spherical with a diameter of 78.7mm (3 inches 1/8). It weighs 1.8 kilograms (4lbs). It is made of iron which has been presumably cast, although there is no evidence of a seam or casting flange. The ball is of a mid-brown orange colour with areas of flaking and active corrosion. The cannon ball is in fairly good condition; however, there are a number of areas which exhibit pitting, denting, and grazes. This might suggest either use or, more likely, damage in the soil. The size of the ball suggests that it was possibly for a 3.5” inch bore cannon called a Minion which fired a ball weighing approximately 4lb (Bailey, G. 2000: Finds Identified, Greenlight Publishing: pages 94-95).

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1600
Date to: AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1800 g
Diameter: 78.7 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Tasley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO6995
Four figure Latitude: 52.551954
Four figure longitude: -2.458626
1:25K map: SO6995
1:10K map: SO69NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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