Free gun firing at popular Portsdown Hill museum

The team passes the Nelson statue in Old Portsmouth. Picture: Keith Woodland (171022-0023)

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PEOPLE are being invited to watch a spectacular gun firing at Portsdown Hill.

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of a mighty 13-inch Land Service Mortar in the latest of Royal Armouries’ free gun firings.

Uniformed gunners from the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers will fire the historic gun at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm on Sunday, September 29, at the Victorian fort.

Weighing in at 4.5 tons, the mortar is of a type designed to fire bombs over obstacles, such as fortress walls.

It was manufactured around 1810, by the Low Moor Ironworks near Bradford in Yorkshire.

Nigel Hosier is operations manager at the fort.

He said: ‘The demonstration will be followed by a chance for visitors to inspect the mortar, and to ask the volunteer gunners for more information, and questions.’

Museum admission and parking are free.

For more information about Royal Armouries, and for the full opening hours, please visit the website at royalarmouries.org.