A barrel of fun

INQUISITIVE Adam Webber and his brother Finlay, left, look through the barrel of Medieval Wall Smasher gun at Royal Armouries Museum, Fareham.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (114511-211)
INQUISITIVE Adam Webber and his brother Finlay, left, look through the barrel of Medieval Wall Smasher gun at Royal Armouries Museum, Fareham. Picture: Allan Hutchings (114511-211)
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brothers Finlay and Adam Webber looked down the barrel of more than 700 years of military history during a trip to Fort Nelson at the Royal Armouries Museum on Portsdown Hill.

The Webber brothers were in awe of the mighty 16-tonne Medieval Wall Smasher, which was made in 1464 and is one of the oldest cannons in the museum’s collection.

It was used by the Turkish armies to hurl a 300kg stone cannonball against enemies. In the 1400s the Ottoman Turks, using bombards, captured Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire.

In 1866 Sultan Abdul Aziz presented it to Queen Victoria and it is now one of the most awe-inspiring pieces at Fort Nelson.