Not all metal items are found by metal detectorists. This cannon ball was found by people grubbing out unwanted plants in a hedgerow at the back of a garden on Spin Hill.
Whoops, a bit of a failure of photography in that you can’t read the ruler. But you can see this is a hefty hunk of iron and if we balance the ruler on top of the cannon ball then you can see its size.
It’s four and a bit inches which, we think, makes this a twelve pounder.
The person who dug it up reckoned it lay a good two feet under ground.
We know very little, of course, about this cannon ball. We can’t date it but can speculate that balls of this size were in use in the English civil war and we are only a few miles from the site of the Battle of Roundway Down. But we are too far away for it to have been a misplaced shot and we know nothing of any nearer skirmishes. So how it found its way to Spin Hill is even more mysterious than its age.
Have any historians any idea?