Tower of London Cannons

Tower of London guns

Horsmonden made brass cannons in the Tower of London

The armouries of the Tower of London have a total of seven cannons made in Horsmonden. There are two large brass cannons made for Charles I and five small training cannons made for his son, the Prince of Wales who became Charles II. All of them were cast in 1638 and were cast in the presence of Charles I's visit to Horsmonden on the 5th October that year.

Small Bronze Gun

Charles I witnessed the casting of a gun on a visit to Horsmonden on 5th October, 1638. A small bronze gun in the Tower (No. 38) bears the inscription CAST IN THE PRESENSE OF HIS MAJTY OCTO THE FIFTH 1638.

The gun is inscribed with a crowned Tudor Rose between the initials C and R.

Keyfacts

Gunfounder: John Browne

Type: Brass Gun

Cast: 1638

Material: Brass

Weight: n/a

Shot: 4 pound

Destinctive Markings: Inscribed with crowned Tudor Rose between the initials C and R.

Current Location: Tower of London White Tower


Fifteen Small Bronze Cannons

The Tower holds the remaining pieces of a set of small bronze cannon, originally fifteen in number, made for Charles II when a boy, the Prince of Wales. Half were made by John Browne in 1638 and the other half by Thomas Pitt.

The gun is inscribed with the badge of the Prince of Wales – crown with three feathers and motto "Ich Dien" (I Serve) flanked with the letters C and P (Caroulus Princeps). Also inscribed with "John Browne made this peece 1638".

The Prince of Wales had ten of these guns in total,five made by John Browne and five made by Thomas Pitt.

Keyfacts

Gunfounder: John Browne

Type: Brass Gun

Cast: 1638

Material: Brass

Weight: n/a

Shot: n/a

Destinctive Markings: Inscriptions of the badge of the Prince of Wales and "John Browne made this peece 1638"

Current Location: Tower of London White Tower


Useful Links

Tower of London

Royal Amouries

Further Reading

The Armouries of the Tower of London: Ordnance Vol 1 by H.L. Blackmore

Comprehensive guide to the ordnance of the Tower. The John Browne cannons are covered in this book.

Horsmonden Village Website