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South Shields is a coastal town at the mouth of the River Tyne. Two Russian cannons captured from the Crimean War (1853-1856) were set in a walled enclosure overlooking the river mouth. One was a 42-pounder, the other a 24-pounder. They were delivered to South Shields by rail and were presented to South Shields Corporation in 1858 by Lord Panmure as a spoil of war. The original guns were still on site in the 1930s. The two guns are recorded in the National Inventory of War Memorials at the Imperial War Museum ref. 17833. These are recorded as being at NZ 360 660 at The Lawe, near the Beacon, South Shields.
Today two Crimean Cannon face out to sea outside the public house and restaurant called "Harbour Light's" at Lawe Top. They are replica cannon like those captured by the British Army at Sebastopol. The originals were scrapped in WW2 and replaced by the present replicas in the 80s. These were made by apprentices at the British Shipbuilders School in Hebburn.
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