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CRIMEAN CANNONS - WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

VALE OF WHITE HORSE
Abingdon
Oxfordshire (formerly in Berkshire)
Great Britain


The Abingdon Crimean Cannon apparently went for scrap although local urban legend suggests that it was buried to hide it from the scrapper. John Foreman of the Abingdon Archaeological and Historical Society is investigating further. His reseach has already concluded that Abingdon had no particular connection to the Crimea other than one of the nurses came from here. There is a record that a Deputy Military Storekeeper contacted the council to ask about delivery and the canon did arrive in 1858 by train. A newspaper story he is seeking to verify is that the stationmaster test fired it. As far as he can find out there is no report of an official reception for it. Further details are awaited with interest.

Picture: The Abbey Gateway where once a Crimean cannon guarded against those entering the Abbey Grounds. Later it appears to have been moved to Albert Park. There was once also a second (possibly third) cannon in the gardens of the Crown and Thistle hotel and restaurant in the 1950s. This was a much smaller cannon, possibly a naval armament. More recent pictures show a possibly smaller still cannon in the general location.

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