Cannonball - Sandgate Road, Folkestone, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 04.742 E 001° 10.762
31U E 372468 N 5660190
Quick Description: This cannonball was presented by the people of Boulogne (France) to Folkestone (UK) in 1976. The cannonball is located in a pedestrianised precinct in Folkestone town centre.
Location: South East England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/26/2014 1:28:56 AM
Waymark Code: WMKKBF
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
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Long Description:

The inscribed plaque adjacent to the cannonball tells us, in English and French:

This cannonball, fired by the English during
the Siege of Boulogne in 1544, has been returned
to us by the people of Boulogne as a gesture of
friendship now existing beyween us

So, it was made in the UK, taken to France and fired there where it remained for 400 years before being given back as a gift! The cannonball is made of Kent ragstone rather than iron. Ragstone was often used to make cannonballs until the reign of King Henry VIII.

Country or International City that Gave the Gift: Boulogne

Country or International City that Received the Gift: Folkestone

Website Verifying this Item as a Gift from Another Country or International City: Not listed

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