WILT-FB42A2: Post-Medieval Cannon Ball

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CANNON BALL

Unique ID: WILT-FB42A2

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An iron cannon ball of post-medieval date. The cannonball is spherical with a diameter of 61 mm. It weighs 900g (31.7ozs or just under 2lbs). It is made of iron which has been presumably cast - although the seams cannot be seen. There is a small raised, circular section (8 mm diameter) evident which may be a sprue. The ball is of a mid-brown orange colour with areas of flaking and active corrosion. The cannon ball is in fairly good condition with no evidence of pitting. If the ball has been fired then it hasn't been damaged - suggesting it didn't hit anything substantial. The size of the ball suggests that it was possibly for a falconet, apparently commonly used during the Civil War, being lighter and cheaper than other cannon. However, the ball is a little large for this and is more likely for a minion (bore just over 2 and a half inches, ie c 66 mm).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 900 g
Diameter: 61 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Jane Hanbidge
Identified by: Mrs Jane Hanbidge

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 5078

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Seend (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST9460
Four figure Latitude: 51.33905552
Four figure longitude: -2.08752014
1:25K map: ST9460
1:10K map: ST96SW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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