Cannon restoration project


Earlier this year, Brown McFarlane had the pleasure of working with Mainmast Conservation and English Heritage on a restoration project located at Pendennis Castle. The artillery fortress located in Cornwall was included in a restoration project by English Heritage to save England’s historic cannons.

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The Edwardian 12-pounder quick-firing gun was once one of Britain’s main anti-aircraft guns, but in recent years had suffered extensive damage as a result of sea spray and salty air. Mainmast Conservation were taken on to conserve the cannons and requested our help in supplying profiled steel parts.

Brown McFarlane was able to help the project by supplying the rolled horseshoe shaped shield surrounding the gun. The gun shield was made using 50mm thick structural steel in grade S275JR. Brown McFarlane profiled, and stitch cut the final piece using oxy gas cutting.

Our Stoke On Trent processing facility is primed for work in thicker steels and we can provide an astounding range of different steel plate grades. From structural carbon steels to specialised stainless materials such as Duplex and Super Duplex, Brown McFarlane can provide the steel solution to your procurement needs.

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In a ceremony, a volunteer gun crew were trained to fire the newly conserved gun. To watch this video please click on this link: and to discover what else English Heritage will be doing to conserve England’s cannons please see their campaign here:

We hope to work with both English Heritage and Mainmast Conservation again in the future in protecting England’s heritage.

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English Heritage Cannon Photo 3

Information in this blog post was gained from English Heritage and Mainmast Conservation. Brown McFarlane would like to take this opportunity to thank English Heritage for the photos of the cannon’s firing ceremony -all photos are the property of English Heritage.