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    • Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
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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: GLO-6F4CA8
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
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A stone cannon ball that dates to AD 1400-1700. The cannon ball is broadly spherical, though slightly misshapen, overall the ball has a diameter of 65mm and weighs 341.21g
Created on: Wednesday 31st August 2016
Last updated: Friday 2nd September 2016
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Record ID: GLO-6F45E6
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
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A stone cannon ball that dates to AD 1400-1700. The ball is sub-spherical in form, with a very uneven surface, overall the ball has a diameter of 63mm and weighs 338.38g
Created on: Wednesday 31st August 2016
Last updated: Friday 2nd September 2016
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Record ID: PUBLIC-2D11AB
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A fragment of a cast iron cannon ball of probable 17th century date. approximately one third of the original ball remains, the fracture probably having been caused by a flaw from the casting process. A mould line is evident. The ball has a diameter of 98.29 mm,( circa 3.5 inches), a thickness from the break of 48.16 mm, and weighs 1.115 kg.
Created on: Tuesday 16th August 2016
Last updated: Monday 2nd July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-3256D5
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
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A post-Medieval (AD1500-1700) spherical cast iron cannon ball The surface is covered by iron oxide accretions and there are six small areas of corrosion, four on one side and two on the opposite side. Diameter: 43.88mm, weight: 325.0g
Created on: Thursday 4th August 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 2nd November 2016
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Record ID: DENO-F72452
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Derbyshire
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A cast iron ball of post medieval date (AD c.1450-c.1700). The surface is corroded and has concretions, but appears to have been well finished, with no obvious seam or sprue. The weight is 692 g, approximately 1.5 pounds, it has a diameter of 55 mm, which suggests it was fired from a Falcon or Falconet ('Identifying Cannon Balls and Musket Shot' - article by Nick Tucker in Treasure Hunting Magazine, February 1992, p 42).
Created on: Wednesday 20th July 2016
Last updated: Thursday 6th October 2016
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Record ID: DENO-641C1A
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
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An iron post-medieval cannon ball (AD c.1600-c.1700). The ball is broadly spherical with an obvious off-centre casting seam. The surface is pitted. Overall, the ball measures 53.2mm in diameter. The find's proximity to Newark indicates this may have been produced for use in the English Civil War when Newark was besieged three times.
Created on: Wednesday 13th July 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 13th July 2016
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Record ID: LVPL-E1DC37
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire East
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A possible demi culverin iron cannon ball c. 1600-1830. The ball measures 10.66cm (4.2 inches) in diameter and weighs 2154g (8lb 12oz). There is some corrosion on the object. Given its size and weight it is likely to be a demi culverin ball of the seventeenth century, which were usually 9lb with a 4.5 inch calibre. This was the standard size and weight of this type of ball right through to the nineteenth century. However, given that the diameter and weight of the object is slightly less than the standard for this type Stephen Bull (in lit. 6.7.2016) suggests that other options migh…
Created on: Thursday 7th July 2016
Last updated: Friday 8th July 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bunbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-9ED66D
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Berkshire
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An incomplete iron ball, possibly a cannon ball of post-medieval (probably Civil War) date. The ball is 100mm diameter and has been split in half, in fact just under half of the original ball survives. There is no casting seam around the cannonball, and no trace of a casting sprue can be seen on the remaining half. There is a hole that extends from the surface down through the ball to the middle; this is also now in half. The force required to break such a ball of iron in half is immense; it may have happened during firing if there were flaws in the casting, or alternatively it may be…
Created on: Monday 16th May 2016
Last updated: Friday 24th March 2017
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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: WMID-5B003C
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
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A cast iron Post Medieval cannon ball, probably dating to circa AD 1500 - 1700. The object is spherical in shape with pitting and corrosion visible on the surface. The cannon ball has a dark brown coloured patina across its surfaces. Abrasion caused by movement whilst within the plough soil may have resulted in the loss of some of the original surface detail and full diameter and weight. The diameter and weight would suggest this example would fit a Minion cannon. The standard size for a Minion was a 3.5 inch bore and shot a 4 pound ball as discussed in Bailey (2000: p95). This example…
Created on: Tuesday 1st March 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 25th April 2018
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Record ID: CPAT-B944C6
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wrexham
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Stone ball approximately 140mm in diameter and weighing around 5lbs (2268g). Pecked appearance, very odd stone, grey with lots of white flecking. Not a local stone. It is too heavy for compressed tarmac I think and too well compressed. Found by a workman building a new prison on the site of a former munitions factory. It was apparently found about 1 metre deep in some very black soil below the more modern brick buildings. The same man also has 2 complete stones and 3 halves, one sounds like its made of iron because he describes casting flanges. (Steve Grenter, WCBC, March 2015). …
Created on: Friday 29th January 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 19th April 2016
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Record ID: PUBLIC-F2165C
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A probable cast iron cannon ball from the post-Medieval period, c.1600-c.1800. The ball is roughly spherical and has a slight projection at one point. The surface is corroded and encrusted which prevents a visual indication of any mould line. It Measures 47.94 mm in diameter, and weighs 358 grams.
Created on: Monday 14th December 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 27th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-0A96A9
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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An incomplete cast iron cannonball of post-medieval date. The cannonball is spherical with a large area (roughly half) missing due to a worn break, possibly as a result of impact. It is approximately 3 inches / 7.5 cm in diameter and weighs 2lb 2.5 oz. The size and weight of the ball (approximated using the remaining portion) suggests that it would fit a 'Minion' cannon which had a 3.5 inch bore and shot a 4 pound ball. These were used from the 16th century to the late 17th century but saw action in the Civil War as an antipersonnel weapon when it was known as a 'Minion Drake'.
Created on: Monday 9th November 2015
Last updated: Monday 9th November 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-503D18
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: York
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A cast lead alloy ball, possibly a Post-Medieval cannonball for a small bore cannon such as a rabinet with a one inch bore. There is a mark where the casting sprue was removed and a large, flat facet on one side, suggesting that it may have struck some object other than stone. The diameter, at 28.5mm (1.1in) is correct for this type of cannon, but the weight, at 119.8gm (4.2oz) is too light, being only half the expected weight.
Created on: Monday 19th October 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 21st October 2015
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Record ID: DENO-06FCC9
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
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An incomplete, cast iron, probably a small cannon ball or canister shot of the Post Medieval period, dating from c. AD 1600 - c. AD 1700. The ball is spherical in plan and is broadly circular in section. There appears to be no casting seam present on the surface of the ball, however there is evidence of heavy iron corrosion in the form of circular indentations or depressions in the surface resembling a golf ball. Precise diameter of the ball is unknown due to the unknown level of the iron corrosion. The ball measures approximately 32.9 mm (1.3 in) and weighs 141.3 g (4.98 oz). …
Created on: Wednesday 9th September 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 6th October 2015
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Record ID: DENO-D6BF2B
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
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A complete iron cast iron cannon ball of the Post Medieval period, dating from c. AD 1500 - c. AD 1700. The ball is spherical. Iron corrosion covers most of the surface of the object and appears to be stable. No casting seam is visible. The cannon ball is in fairly good condition. However, there are a number of areas which exhibit pitting, denting, and grazes, including a broadly circular depression at the base and a broadly circular depression and broadly oval perforation on the left side of the ball. This damage is as a direct result of the exposing of casting flaws by corrosion …
Created on: Monday 7th September 2015
Last updated: Monday 18th January 2016
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Record ID: DENO-D6394A
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
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An incomplete iron cast iron cannon ball of the Late Medieval to Post Medieval period, dating from c. AD 1475 - c. AD 1700. The ball is roughly spherical but has flattened slightly on one side. Iron corrosion covers most of the surface of the object and appears to be stable. There are eight, small, broadly circular perforations present at the base of the object, as well as a larger broadly oval perforation off centre. There are three broadly circular depressions present also. These could be a result of a casting flaw or a result of corrosion. From the large oval perforation, it a…
Created on: Monday 7th September 2015
Last updated: Monday 18th January 2016
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Record ID: DENO-D55676
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
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A complete iron cast iron cannon ball of the Late Medieval to Post Medieval period, dating from c. AD 1475 - c. AD 1700. The ball is spherical. Iron corrosion is present on the surface of the object and appears to be stable. There is a casting seam that runs the circumference of the ball about half way down. There is a broadly circular depression at the base of the ball and a broadly triangular depression on the left side on the seam. The ball measures 66.4 mm in diameter and weighs 1073.8 g (1.74 kg, 37.87 oz and 2.3670 lb). The ball is a red brown to dark brown in colour an…
Created on: Monday 7th September 2015
Last updated: Monday 18th January 2016
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Record ID: CORN-1B4113
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
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Cast iron cannon ball spherical in shape with some lumps of iron oxide accretion on the surface, but generally undamaged. Without the accretions, the ball is about 41 mm in diameter or 1.6 inches and so was probably fired from a 16th-century Spanish muzzle-loading swivel gun such as the esmeril swivel gun which had an external bore of 2 inches. These guns were used by the Spanish Armada, particularly on the boat the Girona, and also by the Spanish when they attacked Paul church in 1595 on the other side of bay from where this cannon ball was found. Paul was one of the communities a…
Created on: Monday 17th August 2015
Last updated: Monday 17th August 2015
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