Historic cannons back on permanent display in Chorley

Two historic cannons which used to stand outside the Royal Ordinance Factory at Euxton are going back on permanent display in Chorley.

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Historic ROF cannons back on display in Chorley

Chorley's historic ROF cannon outside the Coach House at Astley Hall Credit: Steve Williams/Chorley Remembers

Two historic cannons which used to stand outside the Royal Ordinance Factory at Euxton are going back on permanent display in Chorley.

After years in storage, the town's MP is unveiling them at their new home at Astley Hall Coach House.

Lindsay Hoyle managed to secure them from present owners BAE Systems for the Chorley Remembers project.

One of the ROF cannons at its new home outside Astley Hall Coach House Credit: Steve Williams/Chorley Remembers
The cannons outside the Euxton factory in a picture marking the 1964 Silver Jubilee of ROF Chorley Credit: Steve Williams/Chorley Remembers

The cannons were cast in 1812 and were presented to the Royal Ordnance Factory in 1964 by the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Chorley site.

The Euxton factory officially opened in 1939, and the cannons stood for many years in front of the HQ building on Euxton Lane which is now used by Runshaw College.

When the building was sold and the site decommissioned over a decade ago, the cannons were removed to another ROF site in South Wales and stored away.

The cannons in storage at BAE Glascoed in South Wales Credit: Steve Williams/Chorley Remembers

A spokesman for the Chorley Remembers project says Lindsay Hoyle, the town’s MP & Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, has spent the last 18 months negotiating with the owners BAE Systems for the return of the cannons to Chorley and they were recently acquired by the Chorley Remembers project, of which Lindsay Hoyle is the Chairman.

They will be on permanent display outside the Coach House on the Astley Hall site, which also hosts the Chorley Remembers ‘Remembrance Experience’ exhibition.

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