Tyne and Wear HER(4612): South Shields, Frenchman's Bay, stone ball - Details
South Shields, Frenchman's Bay, stone ball
Armour and Weapons
A stone ball was found by a National Trust Warden in 1993 while digging holes to reset the cliff top at Frenchman's Bay. The ball was inspected by Tyne and Wear Museums personnel and found to be man-made, fashioned from lava, probably from the Eiffel district. It weighed 11 ounces and had a diameter of 2.5 inches, making it suitable for a small calibre gun. Stone balls of this type were used during the period 1500 – 1600 A.D, the time of the Spanish Armada. The item donated to Tyne and Wear Museums.
<< HER 4612 >> Pers. Comm. C. Hart, 1993, Arbeia Roman Fort Pers. Comm. P. Collins, 1993, The National Trust