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Stone cannon balls?

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    I thought I might just ask here, incase someone might have some kind of idea. In my grans front garden is a stone sphere about 6 inches in diameter, I have no idea what it is, but I has been shaped like that by hand, one idea is that its some form of cannon ball. I'll get some pics If I can find it again. So does anyone have any idea if such a thing even existed?
    Thanks

    Danny

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    Reg
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    Yep, Mr Cromwell flattened a hall local to me that was owned by a catholic family, ive one in the garden too that my granfather found whilst ploughing some land near it during the war, its quite a size, ill get a pic and pop it on....

    Reg

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    Hi danny,
    Stone cannon balls were used before and along side iron ones,
    they were even used at sea. the stone cannon ball was cheaper than the iron version and did more damage to troops as they shattered easier, and took more men down. They would have been used long before the English civil war and during it also.
    I hope you find it as i would like to see some pics.
    dave.

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    Thanks very much for the info, I'll have look for it but the garden is quite big and overgrown But if I find it I'll get some pics up asap.
    Thanks

    Danny

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    Stone cannon balls were the fragmentation grenades of their day

    As the guys above have pointed out

    Can't wait to see the photo

    Steve T

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    Reg
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    Hi Danny and other gentlemen

    Err..right! I found grandads "cannonball" in the garden, as you can see from the pic its huge, not exactly spherical and seems to be made from local sandstone so probably not ideal in a projectile, (Ive placed a delicate ancient artifact next to it to help guage its size)

    It has some gouges in it which probably came from being ploughed a good few times before, so I think its most likely a piece of ornimental masonary from when Mercaston hall was originally battered (The part with the priest hole still remains)

    Ild still like to think it was a cannonball, but the ordinance to shift it from its supposed firing location at Weston Underwood, a good half mile or so, would have been massive.

    So im sorry gents! hope to see a propper stone ball on here sometime.

    Cheers
    Reg
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    The other pics
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    No cannonball that one sorry, looks a bit "manufactured" though.. I´ll bring mine back from our summerhome. It´s one made of granite and prpably used in the Maritime 1800-1809 war in Finland.

    Rgds Jan

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    Thanks for the pics reg and dragging it out the field, must have been one massive cannon that fired that if it is a cannon ball looks interesting though.
    Thanks guys, I wasnt expecting such a big response for such strange items.

    Danny

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    Nice one Reg,

    Although i think it looks more like Barney Rubbles spare wheel than a cannonball.

    Never mind eh? God loves a trier, remember that....

    Lovin' it, Ned.
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    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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