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May 06, 2008


Rich at Osprey

When I was a kid I was playing in a marshy creek in Norfolk and I found a perfectly round cannonball stone in the mud. This was really exciting and I kept it for a few years, despite the smell, until eventually my aunt took it to Norwich Museum who identified it as a piece of stone smoothed by glaciers in the ice-age. Not as exciting as I expected but seeing the pictures above really reminded me of it.

Gary Smailes

Thanks Rich!

After a bit of research I am starting to suspect it is not a cannonball though I don't have the heart to tell the child.
For me it looks too new. I also suspect its lead and cannonballs tend to be iron. I spoke to the child's mother and she says they have balls of about ten different sizes, the one I saw being the biggest. It turns out the material has come for a demolished bridge in Hoole, Chester.
I now suspect that it has an industrial, not military origin.


Rich at Osprey

Tricky. Do you tell him or let him preserve his dream? Although the building of the bridge could be weaved in to an exciting story in itself.

Tony Bowerman

Hmm, interesting.

Looks like a Civil war cannonball to me. I was recently shown one (which I photographed) that was found near the site of a Civil war skirmish at Townfields, behind Tiverton Hall, in Tiverton, Cheshire.

It was 2.5 inches in diameter and cast from solid iron.

What's the range of Civil war cannon fired from Chester's outworks towards Hoole?

Gary Smailes

Tony - I had an email from the Military Museum in Chester yesterday, which suggested it might me a cannon ball after all. More research I think...

Mark Chambers

perhaps you could wean the lad who found it onto a better kind of cannonball?
Point him at:

What did the Military Museum say btw?


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I am suspecting it is a cannonball during the war. There are dug up sights that have signs of metal or solid balls like this one. This may not explode but I am sure that this can be a good contribution to our history. Also, maybe there are still other artifacts that can be found within the vicinity where this is found.

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I would rather say that it was not a cannon ball. I think it was made of a heavy metal and just being turned into a round shaped metal.

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