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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: SWYOR-C925B6
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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A possible stone cannon ball of medieval to Post Medieval date, about AD 1450- 1700. It is sub-spherical and made from what appears to be igneous rock, perhaps granite with possible feldspar inclusions. At 2.6 inches diameter, this ball is just too big for a Falcon cannon. It could be made for a non-standard firearm if it is a cannon ball. Other uses in industry cannot be ruled out. It is 65.6mm in diameter and weighs 380g.
Created on: Tuesday 9th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-C952B8
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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A possible stone cannon ball of Late Medieval to Post Medieval date. It is sub-spherical and made from what appears to be igneous rock, perhaps granite with possible feldspar seams. It is 50.1mm in diameter and weighs 145g. At just under 2 inches diameter, this ball is the right size for a Falconet cannon. Falconets were invented in the late 15th century and were used throughout the 16th and 17th centuries.
Created on: Tuesday 9th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Record ID: DENO-DDD04E
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: City of Derby
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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 pitted surface. 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. Blackmore, H. L. 1976. The Armouries of the Tower of London. Vol. 1, Ordn…
Created on: Tuesday 16th January 2018
Last updated: Monday 29th October 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-26EDBF
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Medway
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A probable iron cannon ball of post-medieval date, (circa 1550-1700AD) The cannonball is sub-spherical with a diameter ranging from 97.93mm to 81.47mm. It weighs 1.80 kilograms . The ball is of a dark-brown or rust red colour.with blackening to one side and lighter greyish areas. The cannon ball is in used condition with multiple pitting and dents. This cannon ball may date to the Dutch raid on the Medway Ports (1667AD), having been recovered lying on the mud at low tide close off Upnor Castle.
Created on: Wednesday 19th September 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 24th October 2018
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Record ID: WREX-DC1313
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Powys
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Stone sub-spherical cannon ball made from a sedimentary stone. The object has a section missing. The size and weight would suggest a demi culverin of the Civil war period c. 1640-1700. Such dressed stone is commonly referred to as gunstone prior to the 17th century and were fired from smoothbore cannons. Diameter: 113mm; weight: 1431.9g (3.157Ib)
Created on: Monday 22nd October 2018
Last updated: Monday 22nd October 2018
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Record ID: BUC-4A7831
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
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A spherical cast iron cannon ball, probably dating from the post-Medieval period. Dimensions below. Weight not recorded.
Created on: Saturday 13th September 2014
Last updated: Saturday 13th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wendover', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-DDFF23
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Sheffield
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A possible Post Medieval iron cannon ball dating from about AD 1500 - 1950. It is a spherical ball of iron. It is 82mm diameter and 4.2kg (4200g). This size and weight does not conform to standard cannon ball measurements, but it could be a non-standard missile. Alternatively, it could also be a ball from a crushing mill, machinery or a bearing from a swiveling piece of machinery such as a crane or gun.
Created on: Wednesday 10th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 10th October 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-09F4A2
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A ragstone cannon ball dating from the Late Medieval or Post Medieval period. It is sub-spherical and has part missing. It weighs 452g and is 76mm in diameter which makes it the correct size and weight for a Falconet cannon (15 and 7/8 ounces). Falconets were invented in the late 15th century and were used throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. The find spot of this example makes it highly likely that it was used in the Battle of Towton in 1461.
Created on: Wednesday 16th March 2011
Last updated: Thursday 27th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Towton', grid reference and parish protected.


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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: NMS-666A8D
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Iron cannonball of probable post medieval date (c. AD 1575 - 1700). Heavily corroded with a flaking surface. H. L. Blackmore (1976, 392ff.) suggests that cannon balls of this form may have been fired from a post-medieval 'falconet' cannon. As this type endured from the later 16th century through the following century, with slight fluctuations in its diameter and weight of shot. Weight: 528g, diameter: 51.5mm.
Created on: Wednesday 29th August 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 29th August 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-5B67DD
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
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A probable iron cannon ball of post-medieval (possibly English Civil War) date (1600-1700AD). The cannonball is sub-spherical with a diameter of c. 3.39 inches or 86.3mm. It weighs 2.430 kilograms (5.5lbs).. There is a circular protrusion on one side (or base) measuring roughly 18.25mm diameter. The ball is of a dark-brown colour.. The cannon ball is in fairly good condition; however, there are a number of areas which exhibit pitting and dents
Created on: Thursday 16th August 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 28th August 2018
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Record ID: DENO-066263
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast iron cannon ball of the Post Medieval period. The cannon ball has a diameter of 38.7mm and weighs 217.6g. H. L. Blackmore (1976, 392ff.) suggests that this ball might have been fired from a post-medieval 'robinett' cannon. As this type endured from the later 16th century through the following century, with slight fluctuations in its diameter and weight of shot, a relatively wide date range is offered, c.1575-1700. here is some sign of corrosion and a visible casting seam and scarring where the sprue was cut, there is some discoloration due to rusting.
Created on: Wednesday 25th October 2017
Last updated: Saturday 4th August 2018
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Record ID: DENO-06026B
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A post-medieval spherical iron cannon ball of uncertain post-medieval date. The object measures 46.7 mm in diameter and weighs 399.5 g. The surface is pitted and brown in colour, with patches of orange corrosion in many areas. H. L. Blackmore (1976, 392ff.) suggests that this ball might have been fired from a post-medieval 'falconet' cannon. As this type endured from the later 16th century through the following century, with slight fluctuations in its diameter and weight of shot, a relatively wide date range is offered, c.1575-1700.
Created on: Wednesday 25th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 1st August 2018
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Record ID: DENO-C478D9
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Derbyshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An iron post-medieval cannon ball, probably dating to the 17th century. It is cylindrical. It measures 94mm in diameter and weighs c.3000g. 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. During the First English Civil War, the manor house at Barton Blount, where this cannon ball was discovered, was garrisoned by Parliamentarian soldiers and a skirmish was fought nearby with Royalist soldiers from Tutbury Castle. It is therefore quite likely that this dates to 1644-1646.
Created on: Wednesday 16th November 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 17th July 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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Record ID: PUBLIC-2D11AB
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: PUBLIC-F2165C
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: LVPL-7BC34B
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Sefton
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An iron ball, possibly a piece of canister shot from a post medieval gunpowder weapon. The object is roughly spherical with an uneven surface, mostly coated in reddish orange iron oxide rust. A small battle was fought in the area of Melling during the English Civil War, suggesting a date of AD 1642-1651.
Created on: Monday 18th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 26th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Melling', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DUR-4DBFEC
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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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