July 30, 2019 5.09 pm This story is over

Lincoln Castle cannon back in place

It mysteriously toppled last week

A 300-year-old cannon is back in its rightful place outside Lincoln Castle thanks to construction company Lindum.

As previously reported, the cannon, which dates back to 1721 and has been outside Lincoln Castle since 1982, was in the firing line for repairs after it was mysteriously toppled last week.

Did anyone see a battle here in the past week? Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Staff noticed the damage on Sunday, July 21 but were not sure what or who caused it.

Five people tried to tip the heavy cannon back into place manually, but it wasn’t possible.

Lifting it back into place. Photo: Lindum

A team from Lindum visited Castle Square with a tele handler and a JCB at 6.30am on Tuesday to manoeuvre the structure back into place.

Chris Drew, Lindum BMS maintenance manager Chris Drew, said: “We have a contract to carry out maintenance work for Lincolnshire County Council, through Vinci Facilities, which is how this job first came in to us.

Photo: Lindum

“We tried to lift it back by hand but it wouldn’t shift. It really makes you wonder how it came to be tipped up in the first place.

“Our Contracts Manager, Shaun Goodliffe and the team, enlisted the help of our colleagues in Lindum Plant and they brought up two of our own mechanical lifting appliances, so we could lift it in a controlled and safe manner back into its rightful place.”

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