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    Has anyone come across any really old ones, or have photographs of them.
    I have seen some like cannons and some ribbed square ones, these were on photographs dated 1890 to 1900.
    The square ones I have not seen in other Towns.
    Be nice to know some locations or pics of them please.


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    You can find a couple of pictures of surviving ones in Google images. There were scores of these around Liverpool at one time, used to block off a street to wagon traffic or set against the corner of building to protect the stonework from the hubs of heavy wagons. I was in the City Lighting Department in Kent Street in the late 70s and there were stacks of them piled up there along with old lamp posts. There was some sort of a drive on to standardise street furniture at the time and so all the 19C stuff had to be removed. I was told at the time that they had been taken from captured ships during the Napoleonic wars but I don't know how true this is. They went for scrap I guess.

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    For the past couple of years I've kept my eye out for the older type of cannon/ball bollards. There are very few around, most having being replaced by newer 'fake' ones. I've seen the other type you mention in Pall Mall and a few other places...if you mean the ones painted black and white. Here's some of the older type:

    Caryl Street has a row, of about a dozen, short cannon-type bollards. I don't think I've seen this small type anywhere else, in these numbers. Recent work installing railings around the houses, could mean these have to be removed.

    Leather Lane, Princes Street, Lower Bank View. These all have a style that I thought was the most authentic of a cannon/ball. I have pics of these ones, somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by birdseye View Post
    You can find a couple of pictures of surviving ones in Google images. There were scores of these around Liverpool at one time, used to block off a street to wagon traffic or set against the corner of building to protect the stonework from the hubs of heavy wagons. I was in the City Lighting Department in Kent Street in the late 70s and there were stacks of them piled up there along with old lamp posts. There was some sort of a drive on to standardise street furniture at the time and so all the 19C stuff had to be removed. I was told at the time that they had been taken from captured ships during the Napoleonic wars but I don't know how true this is. They went for scrap I guess.
    It was true. They were mainly captured French guns - some British. They were used in Liverpool and London. On the Corner of St. John's Wood High St and Circus Rd in London a few French cannons are still there with the French crests on the guns.

    There are a few still around Liverpool mainly in the old streets off the Dock Rd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marky View Post
    For the past couple of years I've kept my eye out for the older type of cannon/ball bollards. There are very few around, most having being replaced by newer 'fake' ones. I've seen the other type you mention in Pall Mall and a few other places...if you mean the ones painted black and white. Here's some of the older type:

    Caryl Street has a row, of about a dozen, short cannon-type bollards. I don't think I've seen this small type anywhere else, in these numbers. Recent work installing railings around the houses, could mean these have to be removed.

    Leather Lane, Princess Street, Lower Bank View. These all have a style that I thought was the most authentic of a cannon/ball. I have pics of these ones, somewhere.
    This is a brilliant thread.
    I have been thinking about it for a while
    I have some pics somewhere
    Will dig them out.

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