NCL-754A02: Post-Medieval cannon ball

Rights Holder: The Portable Antiquities Scheme
CC License:

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).


Unique ID: NCL-754A02

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A cast-iron ball, probably a cannon ball of Post-Medieval date, 16th-17th centuries.

The ball is spherical with a general corrosion across its entire surface, with one portion of the surface bearing a thicker, sub-conical accumulation of corrosion.

It is 1.25lbs in (imperial) weight.

Another possible function is as a grinding ball for industrial activity, which would most likely date to the 19th century.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 565 g
Diameter: 55.67 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st February 2011 - Monday 28th February 2011

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Dr Robert Collins
Identified by: Dr Robert Collins

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Stanley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ2055
Four figure Latitude: 54.889347
Four figure longitude: -1.689741
1:25K map: NZ2055
1:10K map: NZ25NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

Similar objects

Find number: WAW-6EA8E7
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
The cannon ball is made from cast iron. It is spherical and is 58mm diameter. It weighs 2lbs 4ozs. The surface of the ball is smooth and brow…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: WMID-8748EC
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
A cast iron Post Medieval cannon ball, probably dating to circa AD 1500 - 1700. The object is spherical in shape with pitting and corrosion vi…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: WMID-7C6C83
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broadperiod: MODERN
A complete cast iron cannon ball, of 19th Century dating. The cannon ball is spherical in shape. It has a maximum diameter of 105 mm (4.1 i…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: NCL
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.