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Britain's Crimean War Trophy Guns: The Case of Ludlow and the Marches

Bartlett, R; Payne, R; (2014) Britain's Crimean War Trophy Guns: The Case of Ludlow and the Marches. History , 99 (337) pp. 652-669. 10.1111/1468-229X.12068. Green open access

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Abstract

Many of the numerous monumental cannon which adorn British cities are Crimean War trophies: something little discussed in the historiography of the war. Focusing on the trophy cannon at Ludlow, in the Welsh Marches, the article looks at both the national and the local scene. It describes first the Allied operation in Sevastopol to gather prize Russian cannon and their removal to England. The utility of shipping the guns home and the uses to which they might be put were both controversial, but whether intact or melted down the cannon formed a significant part of the multifarious memorials and mementos generated by the war and Allied victory. The focus then switches to the Marches and the acquisition of trophy guns by Ludlow and neighbouring towns; the political background to Ludlow's application for a cannon is also explored, and the subsequent fate of the region's prize guns. Finally the article examines the origins of the Ludlow cannon and the identity of its founder, a British expatriate ironmaster working in Russia at the turn of the eighteenth century.

Type: Article
Title: Britain's Crimean War Trophy Guns: The Case of Ludlow and the Marches
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1468-229X.12068
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-229X.12068
Language: English
Additional information: © 2014 The Authors. History published by The Historical Association and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471065
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