After Gerry - 1
It now needs to be reworded. There are at least four cannons in Cork – where are they.
I only recently noticed this cannon at Elizabeth Fort so not sure how long it has been there.
This is at the junction of Tuckey Street and Grand Parade
Thanks to Tom Spalding’s excellent Cork City: A Field Guide to its Street Furniture, I was directed to the corner of Anglesea Terrace and Anglesea Place.
This is located at the Marina.
GH suggested to me that this is a Crimean War cannon and that it was requested by the British Army to make Victoria Cross medals which are only made from such cannons. This is not entirely consistent with the interweb.
Gerry Murphy’s latest offering is regularly dipped into of late. It brought this riddle to mind.
It has me wondering as to whether Gerry has allowed for the parabolic trajectory of the cannon ball……
‘Bollards are the punch-bags of the street furniture world - there to fend off vehicles, to protect vehicles and pedestrians. Unfortunately, the vehicles that the original designers had in mind were hand- or horse-drawn, and modern traffic takes a heavy toll on them, to the extent that a modern bollard is essentially a disposable item. That said, probably the oldest piece of free-standing street furniture in the city is a bollard. The bollard, which stands on the Grand Parade, is a re-used cannon from the perios of George III (reigned 1760 - 1820). The Grand Parade was formerly a waterway and was filled in during this period. It is unlikely that the bollard ever served as a mooring post, as this spot was dry land by 1774. At the close of the Napoleonic Wars, it became common to re-use surplus cannons, especially the small ones made by the Scottish Carron Company, as street bollards. (In fact, this is why the company initially got into the street furniture business.) on the corner of Anglesea Terrace and Anglesea Place, there is a wheelguard which is also probably made from a cannon.’