Penarth Dock, South Wales - 150 years - the heritage and legacy  
Penarth Dock, South Wales - the heritage & legacy . . .

Volume Nine - Pre-Victorian to the present day - even more aspects - The Work of Martin J. Ridley - Photographer . . .

Cannons, Alexandra Park, Penarth - Two cannons in Alexandra Park, Penarth pointing out to sea c.1905. A digital record from the archive of the National Library of Wales of the work of Martin J. Ridley, photographer during the years 1900 to 1910. The archive record is a black and white, glass dry-plate negative. [439] [Preferred citation : Ridley 1563]

1904 - Used at the Bombardment of Alexandria - 'In perfectly charming autumn weather an interesting function was performed at Penarth on Wednesday afternoon. Two 7-in. six-and-a-half ton guns, purchased from the Admiralty by Colonel the Hon. Wyndham-Quin, M.P., were formerly presented to the town by the hon. member. These guns, now obsolete, were used on board his Majesty's ship 'Active' at the bombardment of Alexandria twenty years ago, and were subsequently transferred to his Majesty's ship 'Warrior'. The cannon have been fixed within turf embrasures in the Alexandra Park, overlooking the Bristol Channel, and in the course of a few months, after the embankment has become covered with grass, the spot will be a very pretty one.

The guns, having been charged with blank shot, were fired by the young daughters of Colonel and Lady Eva Wyndham-Quin, viz., the Misses Clein and Kathleen Wyndham-Quin, in the presence of a very large attendance of the public. Afterwards Mr. Sam Thomas asked Colonel Wyndham-Quin to formerly present the cannon to the town.

In a brief, but interesting speech, the hon. member stated that he would always be pleased to do anything he could for the town of Penarth. The fact that these guns had been used at the bombardment of Alexandria meant that they were not without historic interest, and in that connection he mentioned that a brother of Lady Eva fought at Alexandria, viz., Captain Maurice Bourke, who commanded the 'Victoria' when she was sunk in collision with the 'Camperdown'. He further mentioned that his (the colonel's) great-grandfather, Sir Charles Tyler, fought at Trafalgar, and the most valued relics in their family collection were the sword and casket presented to Sir Charles by the City of London on his return. He hoped those guns would remind them of the great importance of the Navy to every individual member of the nation.

Mr. R. J. Hancock (chairman of the district council) proposed a vote of thanks to Colonel Wyndham-Quin, who, in response, said that the eccentric attack, to say the least of it, made upon a British fishing fleet in the North Sea, we should never know when we would be required to fight in defence of our shores. Therefore, it was necessary that we should always be prepared.

Subsequently a large company was entertained to tea at the district council offices by Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Hancock. Lady Eva Wyndham-Quin, in a graceful little speech, returned thanks for the hospitality.' - Weekly Mail - [067] [316] - 29th October 1904.

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