Queen Elizabeth’s Pocket Pistol

queen elizabeth's pocket pistolThis spectacularly long barrelled artillery piece, together with a demi-cannon, battered a breach in the wall of Sheffield Castle in August 1644.

This compelled the Royalist garrison, under the command of Major Thomas Beaumont, to surrender on honourable terms. It now resides in Dover Castle and was originally given as a present to Henry the Eighth by the Holy Roman Emperor.

Its ironic nickname refers to Henry’s daughter Elizabeth the First. Brought from York by Colonel John Bright, of the Army of Parliament, whose family home was Carbrook Hall, together with the demi-cannon, it was supposedly sited on Spital or Wincobank Hill in order to assail the castle walls!

 

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