The Armada Gun

Dating from the late 1600s this gun was affectionately named the Armada Gun as it was believed to have come from the Spanish Armada vessel after the fleet was driven up the North Sea Coast. It was later confirmed as a Dutch trading vessel that was transporting cannons amongst a payload of other weapons. It was dated from 1660 and 1715 after the cannons and other artefacts were dated by experts.

The wreck was discovered to the east of Gun Rocks, part of the Farne Island group. It was so named because a ‘pile’ of cannons first found there in the 1700s. Archaeological work was carried out in the 1960s when sword hilts and a small brass cannon were recovered. It is believed that this cannon had been given to the castle by 1737.*

The Armada Gun

*From a signboard next to the cannon

15 Comments CherryPie on Oct 29th 2018

15 Responses to “The Armada Gun – Bamburgh Castle”

  1. Hels says:

    I don’t like guns, but I admire the location and the wide view of any approaching ships. The lighthouse must have also been important for approaching ships.

    • CherryPie says:

      Guns are a product of history and it is interesting to see how armaments have developed over time.

      Man’s inhumanity to man – hopefully the human race will one day see sense.

  2. Alan says:

    It’s amazing that they could hit anything with one of these.

  3. lisl says:

    That looks a wild and lonely place, Cherie

  4. The Yum List says:

    You’ve nicely framed the first pic with the wall.

    • CherryPie says:

      Thank you :-) A couple standing behind me whilst I took the photo were impressed with my view and tried to take the same photograph that they had seen me photograph. I hope they captured the view too :-)

  5. I have seen the 2 paintings of the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I of England in London. :)

  6. ....peter says:

    these are two wonderful compositions Cherie… i like the framing through the tunnel very much….peter:)

    • CherryPie says:

      Thanks Peter, I worked on that framing and the couple who were considerately waiting behind me as I took it were exclaiming that they liked me view and were going to take the shot.

      I told them to be sure they stood in the perfect position to include the tower and the gun.

      If I had more time I would worked on a shot with just the gun through the arch.

  7. Shabana says:

    i found history interesting dear Cherie!

    these arms really scare me yet loved the peace and serenity they are surrounded by