An amazing piece of almost forgotten history.
We will soon be opening the Society for membership,which is open to anybody for a reasonable fee,that is yet to be decided
From the Battle of Trafalgar to the bridges of London, and from St Paul's Cathedral to the Great Eastern steam ship, the influence of Rotherham's great industries has been felt far beyond the boundaries of Yorkshire. The great furnaces and mills made the cannon that armed Nelson's HMS Victory at Trafalgar.
All 28 of the 32 pounders on the victory were Rotherham cannons,28 out of 30 18 pounders, and 23, of the 36, 12 pounders.
From Anthony munfords book on Rotherhams industrial past.
Rotherham Yorkshire, once famous for making cannons for the Royal Navy back in the time of Nelson.
Today this amazing piece of history is all but forgotten.The aim of this website is to bring it back to prominence,and hopefully turn this major piece of history into a tourist attraction for the Town.
If anyone has information on the cannons of Nelsons navy, or just wants to help out contact.
Ian Mobile:07891903013 or text me.
A trunnion with WC o standing for Walker and company.
All cannons made in Rotherham have this on the left trunnion.
Photo credits drewatts auctioneers
A twenty four pounder Walker cannon from the foudroyant,weighing 3.5 Tons.
The foudroyant was built in 1798,at Portsmouth.Soon after it became Nelsons flagship.
After its retirement the ship finally ended up as a museum and training ship around 1890,finally being wrecked off Blackpool beach in June 1897.This cannon was recovered from the wreck.
The foudroyant in its wrecked state off Blackpool beach in 1897.The ships fate, was to be broken up and turned into souvenirs.
Below a Walker cannon outside Rotherham town hall,recovered from a scrapyard in kent it was very likely at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
This was arranged by don scott now retired,who worked for the Rotherham museum service.
The family responsible for cannon manufacture, the Walkers have a legacy spread all over Rotherham. The Walkers became rich,and powerfull through cannon making,building many large houses in Rotherham, place names, street names, and other significant landmarks,are scattered around the town.
Below is a wall made up of failed cannon castings,at a former Walker house driveway.These castings were a deck mounted cannon called a carronade,still not 100% sure.still needs researching.Much smaller than the main cannons,probably firing grape shot.
Update It now looks unlikely that these are cannons. June 2010.
Picture courtesy Don Scott
Below Don Scott, down in kent lowering the 9 pounder Walker cannon,on to a truck, for transport back to Rotherham.
Don was also responsible for restoring the cannon, and having the cannon carriage made on which it now sits outside the Town Hall.
I'am indebted to Don for the picture below, and his article that was originally printed in a pamphlet on the Walker cannons.