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The National Inventory of War memorials records three Crimea guns ref. 24199 at Malmesbury in or near the Abbey Grounds ST 930 870. Unfortunately they were sent for scrap in August 1940.
Malmesbury Abbey is a religious house dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul. It was one of the few religious houses with a continual history from the 7th century to the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII. It is now a picturesque ruin as well as a place of modern day worship. The cannon from the Crimean war stood beneath the ruined arches of the west end of the Abbey. When it went to fuel the drive for iron during World War II it required a Herculean effort from the biggest local shire horse to shift it.
Hennessy (1996) records 7549 dated 1800 a 24 pdr.
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