Balls of destruction discovered under the stairs at Goodrich Castle

By Culture24 Staff | 04 March 2010
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A photograph of some cannonballs in a pile

The newly rediscovered cannon balls are now back on display. Courtesy English Heritage

Staff at Goodrich Castle have unearthed a stash of 17th century cannon balls thought to have been placed under a flight of stairs during restoration and renovation in the 1970s.

The balls of destruction have been examined by an English Heritage archaeologist and are thought to have been fired during either the English Civil War or The Siege of Goodrich in 1646.

"Lots of leaves had blown through the open wooden staircase, and with little light to reveal them, the cannon balls had become a forgotten relic of the castle until they were re-discovered last year," says visitor operations manager, Wendy Amer.

The cannon balls are now back on public display and you can also see the cannon that helped break Goodrich's Defences – Roaring Meg, a mortar which could fire projectiles weighing up to 200lb.

For more information go to the Goodrich Castle website.

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