Cannonball Kid digs up artefact in back garden
10:21am Thu May 02, 2013
 
A schoolboy from Southwell has unearthed a civil war cannonball in his back garden.
Jack Sinclair with the cannonball he dug up in his garden on Westgate, Southwell.
Jack Sinclair with the cannonball he dug up in his garden on Westgate, Southwell.
Jack Sinclair, 10, of Westgate, continued excavating a hole his father, Mr Andy Sinclair, had dug to remove a tree root and unearthed the artefact.

The cannonball is made of iron, weighs 8lbs, is 33/4 inches in diameter and has been verified at the Newark Resource Centre

It is known as a saker and would have come from a four-bore cannon.

The unusual discovery adds to Southwell’s strong links with the civil war.

It is known that mercenaries from Scotland, who had been recruited by the Parliamentarians, were based in the town.

King Charles I reportedly spent his last night of freedom at The Saracen’s

Head Hotel before surrendering to the Scots on Kelham bridge.

Jack said he was digging in the hole when he came across the unusual object and decided to get it out.

He said: “I thought it was a stone or a ball of some kind. It was really dirty, but we got the dirt and mud off and it was a cannonball.

“I was like ‘wow’, because I had no idea.”

Jack said the find had increased his interest in archaeology and he hoped to join a club to further his interest in the subject.

He said: “I can imagine finding something else in the future.”

Jack’s grandfather, Mr Graham Sinclair, of North Muskham, researched the cannonball for Jack.

Mr Andy Sinclair said: “We took it to the research centre and they had a whole drawer of them.

“They were 90% sure it was a cannonball.

“We looked at another one they had and it was the right size and shape.

“It’s generated a lot of excitement for Jack.”

Mr Sinclair said he was surprised that the cannonball had been unearthed in his garden.

He said: “We took part in a project where you could give up a square metre of your garden for the university to excavate and they didn’t find anything.

“People don’t realise the town’s connection to the civil war.

“We’ve left the hole open so we can do a bit more digging.”

Jack has already taken the cannonball to show fellow pupils in his class at Lowe’s Wong Junior School and his discovery will also feature in a future special assembly.

He said: “The other children were all very impressed.”

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