Gunpowder

Cannon

The St. Dysmas Cannon

The St. Dysmas Cannon

Medieval Cannon varied hugely in size, from barely bigger than a large handgun to huge bombards weighing several tons. Cannons were first used at the start of the 14thC, about 700 years ago, and gradually developed into modern artillery. For reasons of practicality and safety, we run cannon at the smaller end of the size range. Our cannon has a barrel three feet long and 2” in bore with a 4Oz charge, which is small enough to fire safely at most outdoor venues, whilst still being very loud! It is based on a Burgundian anti-personnel cannon from the second half of the 15thC. The cannon needs a crew of at least two or more commonly three to load and fire it, one of whom must be the ‘gun captain’ and have a shotgun licence and explosive certificate.