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Malcolm Neesam, the local historian advises that for some time, there was a Crimean war gun on display at Knaresborough Castle. It was a 24 pounder cannon, captured at Sebastopol, and presented to Knaresborough in 1857. It was removed together with its railings during the Second World War for scrap metal.
A picture is also supplied by Malcolm. The photo shows a middle-aged lady about to ignite the cannon, which is mounted on a Venglov carriage. Railings surround the cannon, as was the case when displayed adjacent to the War Memorial. The question arises did this lady survive unharmed? Her protective clothing appears minimal and she has no ear defenders! We are advised that such demonstrations were occasionally carried out firing turf across the gorge.
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