Object Title

8 in mortar and bed

8 in mortar and bed

Date

1810-1850

Object Number

XIX.685

Provenance

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

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

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 292

Calibre

8 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Left trunnion: S. Bowling Right trunnion: 292

Associations

Places England

Notes

'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.