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CANNON BALL

Unique ID: DUR-D5A8DD

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A complete sandstone cannon ball from the Post-Medieval period c. AD1400-1700.

The cannon ball is sub-spherical and the surface is mainly smooth, with some dents and areas of pitting. Just under half the cannon ball is light brown in colour, next to this is a strip of orange and then an uneven band of dark brown around the centre and the other side of the band is uneven in colour with patches of orange and dark brown to black.

The cannon ball is c.185mm diameter and weighs approximately 20lbs.

The cannonball was recovered from the River Wear in the vicinty of Framwellgate Bridge, found partially buried in river silts, hence the dark brown strip around the middle of the stone. Such dressed stone 'round shot', commonly referred to as gunstone prior to the 17th century, were fired from smoothbore cannons. The cannonball under discussion here is uncommonly large, and cannot be definitively assigned to a particular type of cannon; nevertheless, it is likely that the cannonball could have fired by a demi-cannon or larger artillery.

Natasha Ferguson, commenting on a much smaller stone cannonball recovered from Trimdon (DUR-2A7B53), comments that 'Dating these things closely is impossible as they occasionally used stone cannon balls during the English Civil war if supplies or iron or lead were low'.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Diameter: 185 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Rebecca Mansfield
Identified by: Ms Rebecca Mansfield
Secondary identifier: Mr Benjamin Westwood

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ2742
Four figure Latitude: 54.77219974
Four figure longitude: -1.58182606
1:25K map: NZ2742
1:10K map: NZ24SE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DUR
Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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