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CRIMEAN CANNONS - WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Palace Green
Ely
Cambridgeshire
England
CB7 4EW
Telephone: 01353 659668

There is a Crimea Gun on a Venglov carriage displayed outside Ely Cathedral. The Robins/Hennessy database records it as: 8725 1802. It was presented to the people of Ely by Queen Victoria in 1860 to mark the creation of the Ely Rifle Volunteers.

The cannon, captured during the Crimean War at the Siege of Sevastopol (18541855) and given to Ely by Queen Victoria in 1860, is located on Palace Green, west of the cathedral. The inscription reads "Russian cannon captured during the Crimean War presented to the people of Ely by Queen Victoria in 1860 to mark the creation of the Ely Rifle Volunteers". The cannon was cast at the Alexandrovski factory in 1802, the factory's director being the Englishman, Charles Gascoigne. The serial number is 8725. The calibre is 30 pounds (14 kg) and the weight is 252 poods, or about 9,000 pounds (4,100 kg). The cannon is mounted on an iron carriage which would previously have been mounted on a "heavy iron traversing slide" known as 'Systeme Venglov 1853'. The Ely Rifle Volunteers, formed in 1860, became part of the Cambridgeshire Regiment during 1914 - 1918 then subsequently part of the Royal Anglian Regiment until disbanded in 1999.





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CONSTRAINTS

On private property

FACILITIES

Access all Year, Access by Road, Access on Foot, Free Entry

LANDSCAPE

Country town/village

REGION

England - Central

THE GROTTO GRADING FEATURES PRESENT

Crimean Cannon Location

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