25th January 1858 - installation of Russian cannon in Salisbury Market Place

The_Battle_of_SebastopolOn January 25th 1858 the Mayor and Corporation received a Russian cannon captured at Sebastopol[1]. It was installed outside the Guildhall.

Sebastopol was the scene of the last great siege and battle of the Crimean War[2]

The gun remained in place until the Second World War, when it was melted down[3].

Image Credit

By Jean Charles Langlois [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


[1] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.

[2] Siege of Sevastopol (1854–55) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[3] Wiltshire Council - Wiltshire Community History Get Wiltshire History Question Information