The first of these photos had the label ‘Devil’s Punch Bowl’. Just visible atop the distant slope is a pylon and masonry base of the short-lived aerial cableway (unfortunately, a view of this wasn’t included in the collection).
The second photograph had written ‘110-Ton Mock Cannon’. I hadn’t seen a picture of this ‘cannon’ before. What little I know (struggling to find definite information) I believe it was a wooden replica, based amongst the many amusements to be found at or near the site of today’s Devil’s Dyke pub. The photo shows a number of penny slot machines beside the cannon (of the type once seen on our pleasure piers). I do think the cannon looks a little flimsy!
Can anyone please add further information? Was the cannon meant to represent some type of cannon with a historical connection to Brighton/Sussex, or was it simply an entertaining gimmick ?! Is anything known of what became of it? Are the mast and painted post of any significance?