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Record ID: DUR-B3464D
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete iron projectile of Post-Medieval date (AD1600-1700). The object is broadly spherical with a central seam and an uneven surface due to corrosion. This seam may be due to casting or as a result of firing the projectile though there is no clear flattening as a result of impact. The metal is a dark brown in colour with a pitted uneven patina. Similar examples can be seen on the Portable Antiquities database: Unique ID: LVPL-E95F5E, Unique ID: SWYOR-E227E4 and Unique ID: WAW-BF6AB1. Height: 51.22mm, Diameter: 52.58mm, Weight: g.
Created on: Tuesday 19th May 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 26th May 2015
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Record ID: DUR-54BFA1
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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A complete cast iron cannon ball, dating to the post-Medieval period (AD 1600-1700). The cannon ball is mid-brown, orange colour with areas of flaking and active corrosion. It is, however, in good condition with no obvious damage relating to prior use. No seams or casting marks are visible. The cannon ball size suggests that it was possibly for a 2.5 inch (63.5mm) bore cannon, the Falcon, which fired a ball weighing approximately 2lbs (907.2g). Similar examples are to be found in the database at HESH- ESE2C3 and HESH-1A5D66. Diameter: 56.02mm Weight: 679g
Created on: Wednesday 24th May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 12th December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'west auckland', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DUR-4DBFEC
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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A complete cast iron cannon ball of the Post Medieval period ( AD1680-1880). The weight of 217.8gm and diameter of 40.48mm indicate the ball was for use in a Falconet, a mobile weapon mainly used by Naval Forces. Falconets were invented in the late 15th century and were used throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. The outer surface is quite corroded with related discoloration due to oxidisation. There is no sign of any casting seam.
Created on: Friday 22nd September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 13th June 2018
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Record ID: DUR-D5A8DD
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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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, fo…
Created on: Monday 5th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 13th June 2018
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Record ID: DUR-063F80
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Redcar and Cleveland
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A complete cast iron cannon ball of Post-medieval date (AD 1600-1700). The object is sub-spherical and has a diameter of 52.06mm (2.05 inches), weight 496g (1lb 13/4ins). This would place the object within the diameter range of the Falcon cannon. Alternatively, it is possible that balls of this size were used collectively as grape shot in larger cannon. The Falcon cannon came into use during the latter half of the 15th Century and was mounted on wheels to make it more mobile. They were widely used during the Civil War. It should be noted that this object could also be a modern mill…
Created on: Wednesday 25th April 2018
Last updated: Thursday 5th July 2018
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