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Shire Hall, Lancaster Castle
This impressive castle has been a law court and a prison since the Middle Ages. The castle contains the court, the Shire Hall with it's magnificent display of heraldry, the Old Cells and the Drop Room, where convicted prisoners were prepared for execution.
There appears to have been two Crimean cannon on display outside the castle circa 1900. The cannon collection is photographed as four cannon within the fenced compound in some early pictures. We await clarification as to which ones are Russian.
The Lancaster Guardian reports that during WWII industry across the country began to adapt to war production and with it came the need for materials. The collection of available scrap now started and across Lancaster, as well as the rest of the country, all types of metal were collected for re-use. Aluminium pots and pans were gathered together at the White Lund Central Depot to be melted down for aircraft parts and the old cannon from outside the Shire Hall were removed for scrap. Many gates and railings were also removed for the war effort, but the truth of this is that most of the cast iron was not suitable to be used for anything else and nothing was really achieved other than a boost to the morale in that you were 'doing your bit' in giving up the railings!
No cannons are present today.
England - Northern
THE FEATURES PRESENT
Crimean Cannon Location, past or present