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    • Object type: cannon ball
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    • County: Lancashire

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Record ID: LANCUM-AEDC9A
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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A cast, copper alloy ball, probably a small cannonball dating from 1750-1850. The ball is sub-spherical and the surface is damaged with numerous score marks and pitting. This does not match any of the standard sizes known for late eighteenth or early 19th century cannonballs, the closest match being for a Serpentine, which fired balls of 1.5 inches in diameter. It is also unusual in being of copper alloy, but this has very little metal-on-metal friction, which made it invaluable for use in cannon where iron cannonballs would otherwise stick in the barrel. It could be a cannon ball but …
Created on: Wednesday 8th August 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 4th September 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-B87E37
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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An iron post-medieval cannon ball, probably dating to the 17th century. It is cylindrical. It measures 95mm in diameter. The size suggests that it was intended to be fired from a demi-culverin, a medium cannon in use during the late 16th and 17th century. Other options might be that it is a ball from a ball mill for crushing minerals or a foreign cannon ball of unidentified type. Blackmore, H. L. 1976. The Armouries of the Tower of London. Vol. 1, Ordnance, 216. London: HMSO. The diameter is 90mm.
Created on: Monday 9th October 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 7th November 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-B8743B
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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A post-medieval iron cannon ball, dating to the period AD 1600-1800. It is made of iron, which has been presumably cast, although no seams are visible. The ball is dark brown with lighter flecks across a relatively smooth surface, with only light pitting. The diameter is 57mm. This ball is likely from a Minion cannon in use from the mid-16th century through to the end of the 17th, possibly dating to the English Civil War. Minion cannons were typically of a 3 or 3.25 'bore' (diameter of the barrel aperture) firing balls of 2.7/8inches or 3 inch in diameter respectively. This example at…
Created on: Monday 9th October 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 7th November 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-B86905
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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A cast iron ball, probably a cannon ball. Given its weight and size, it may be from the 16th or 17th century. The object is sub-spherical, there are no obvious signs of impact damage indicating use. This is probably a canister shot, possibly dating to the Civil War, but more probably dating to c. AD 1600 - c. AD 1700. It is possibly intended for use in a Rabinet cannon, which had a bore of 1.5 inches (38mm). Other broadly similar examples of this type of artefact have been recorded on the database including WAW-7D0064 (Blackmore 1990 Arms and Armour of the English Civil Wars, Royal Ar…
Created on: Wednesday 28th September 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 28th September 2016
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Record ID: LANCUM-165D04
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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A cast iron ball, probably a cannon ball. Given its weight and size, it may be from the 16th or 17th century. The diameter is 31mm and the weight 392.2g.
Created on: Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 6th April 2016
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Record ID: LVPL-E95F5E
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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A cast iron possible projectile or cannon ball of probable Post-Medieval (probably English Civil War) date (1600-1700AD). The object is spherical with an uneven corroded surface and a diameter of 46.96mm. There is no visible spru or casting seems however they may be obscured due to the corrosion. It is an orangey brown colour and weighs 213.73g.
Created on: Thursday 8th January 2015
Last updated: Thursday 8th January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Aughton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-D35554
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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A lead or lead alloy sphere of unknown purpose and unknown age. It is highly unlikely to be cannon shot for a couple of reasons. Firstly it does not conform to any known bore of the seventeenth century or later. Secondly, it is not solid lead as it is too light for its size. This latter fact also excludes a lot of the other usual uses for lead balls. The comparatively low weight may be due to the construction of the sphere or it may be manufactured from a lighter alloy. It may be part of larger object. If it is shot it is more likely to be for use in a pre seventeenth century firearm,…
Created on: Tuesday 14th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 27th October 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'OMSKIRK', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-D1CC15
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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A complete cast copper alloy ball probably of Post-Medieval date. The ball is sub-spherical and the surface is damaged with numerous score marks and pitting. It could be a cannon ball but it is unlikely to be military as the weight does not match any known type. The purpose of the ball is unknown possibly a machine part. The diameter is 32mm and the weight 120.67g.
Created on: Tuesday 14th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 20th October 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'OMSKIRK', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-0EF770
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Cast lead-alloy projectile, probably a cannonball of the Civil War period, i.e. 17th century.
Created on: Friday 3rd September 2010
Last updated: Friday 24th September 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Thornton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-F3CD10
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Cast iron cannon ball dating from the 17th century. Dimensions are approximately 410grams and 47mm in diameter. Unfortunately, there is no image available for this find.
Created on: Tuesday 31st July 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Walton Summit', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-F3A9A7
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Cast iron cannon ball dating from the 17th century. No image of find available.
Created on: Tuesday 31st July 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Walton-le-Dale', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-177960
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Iron cannon ball (4.5lbs), probably from the Civil War period (ca. 1650). Reported to Museum of Lancashire, but no picture of find available.
Created on: Thursday 15th June 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Higher Wheelton', grid reference and parish protected.


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