SWYOR-09F4A2: Post Medieval cannon ball

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Unique ID: SWYOR-09F4A2

Object type certainty: Certain
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A ragstone cannon ball dating from the Late Medieval or Post Medieval period. It is sub-spherical and has part missing. It weighs 452g and is 76mm in diameter which makes it the correct size and weight for a Falconet cannon (15 and 7/8 ounces). Falconets were invented in the late 15th century and were used throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. The find spot of this example makes it highly likely that it was used in the Battle of Towton in 1461.


It is reported that this cannon ball has been examined and identified by Philip McGrath of Fort Nelson. It was offered for recording and details were provided by the Towton Battlefield Society.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1450
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 65 mm
Weight: 452 g
Diameter: 76 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st January 1970 - Thursday 31st December 1970

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Mr Scowen Sykes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 1282

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Selby (District)
To be known as: Towton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Building work
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Recreational usage

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 6 days ago

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