Campaigning to replace Cambridge green’s long-lost cannon

PUBLISHED: 10:25 30 December 2016 | UPDATED: 17:19 01 January 2017

Nicky Massey (centre back) with from left archivist Margaret Cranmer, and Nicky's children Oliver Massey 9, Eliza Massey 11 and Ben Mitchell 15, hoping to get a canon back on Canon's Green. Picture: Keith Heppell

Nicky Massey (centre back) with from left archivist Margaret Cranmer, and Nicky's children Oliver Massey 9, Eliza Massey 11 and Ben Mitchell 15, hoping to get a canon back on Canon's Green. Picture: Keith Heppell

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A Cambridge resident has started a campaign to put a cannon back on a piece of land where it once stood in the city.

Nicky Massey wants to reinstate a replica of an 1870 gun back on Cannon’s Green, off Tenison Road, in Cambridge.

A cannon, thought to be from the Boer conflict, was placed on the green until it was requisitioned for the war effort in 1940.

Now Ms Massey wants to try to get a replica put back on the site as it was once part of the city’s heritage.

She has already put together a fact-finding mission and once a replica cannon has been sourced, the plan is to canvas the local residents for their thoughts on it.

Ms Massey said: “The cannon was last there in 1940 but they removed it for the war effort. The cannon was a British one from about 1870, so the experts say.

“At the moment I am trying to source more information on the cannon itself. I am pretty sure people in Cambridge will know something about it.

“The cost of a replica cannon is quite high. But we won’t just look at the first quote. It might be that we pay for a barrel and then get the carriage made. At the moment the cannon is coming in at £12,000 whereas we can get a replica barrel made for £600, which is more palatable.”

She added: “The piece of green which is used as a community space, is called Cannon’s Green because it used to have the cannon on it. At a time when we are having historical buildings torn down because of development, why don’t we put some history back? The people I have spoken to so far have all been supportive. But we need to go to the residents once we have the costings because their opinion will be vital.

“I would like to find the history of the cannon such as who brought it back and put it on the green in the first place.

“I don’t want to upset the residents and they will have to be asked about it beforehand. It is a fact-finding mission at the moment.”

If you can help Nicky Massey find out more about the cannon, contact her via the ‘Bring back the Cannon on Cannons Green’ page on Facebook.

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