Object Title

8 in mortar and bed

8 in mortar and bed



Object Number



Centre for Management Studies, R.O.F. Chorely, Lancashire (Old Tower Collection).

Physical Description

The mortar is stamped with the weight and Broad Arrow. A wooden elevating wedge is beneath the barrel and the muzzle is blocked with a shell
Mounted on a cast iron bed which is stamped with a Broad Arrow and marked GREATt Ch 2lb and RA 2000 yards


Dimensions: Length: 23 in, Diameter of trunnions: 6 in, Length of trunnions: 24.5 in, Bed length: 42 in, Bed width: 24.5 in, Weight: 8 cwt 26 lb, Bed weight: 11 cwt 17 lb


Serial Number 292


8 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Left trunnion: S. Bowling Right trunnion: 292


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 throughout the Napoleonic Wars, the letter S stamped on the trunnions being their identification letter.