Object Title

8 in mortar and bed

8 in mortar and bed



Object Number



Formerly Royal Arsenal Estate, Woolwich.

Physical Description

Similar to XIX.657. The weight 8-3-21 is marked on the barrel. The right trunnion is inscribed with the letter S. It is also fitted with a small brass plate engraved 343 RA ESTATE. The left trunnion is engraved with the number 35. An 8in shell has a small brass plate attached marked 373 RA ESTATE.

Original bed with four running up horns. The cap squares are marked No.10 as are the straps which secure them. The left cheek is marked with the weight of the bed 11-3-8 and under the trunnion recess. The front of the right cheek has a brass plate marked 346 RA ESTATE.


Dimensions: Length: 28 in, Bed length: 45 in, Bed width: 22.75 in Weight: 8 cwt 3 qtr 21 lb, Bed: 11 cwt 3 qtr 8 lb


Serial Number None visible


8 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Left trunnion: 35 Right trunnion: S


Places England


The Bowling Ironworks of Bowling Manor, near Bradford, began trading in foundry and smith's work in 1784. In 1788, largely due to the efforts of the ironmaster 'John Sturges' of Wakefield, they started smelting iron ore in quantity.
'Sturges & Company'
Supplied the Board of Ordnance with cast-iron guns and mortars thoughout the Napoleonic Wars, the letter S stamped on the trunnions being their identification letter.