SOMDOR-29F941: Medieval Pilgrim Badge

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Unique ID: SOMDOR-29F941

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A cast lead pilgrim badge of medieval date. The badge measures 49.11mm in length, 25.15mm in width, its maximum thickness is 4.45mm and it weighs 6.12g. The front of the badge is moulded to represent the bust of St Thomas Becket, indicating that this was a product of his shrine at Canterbury, Kent.

The archbishop wears a mitre which has a raised central vertical panel on which there is an off-centre line of raised dots. The rest of the mitre is filled with cross hatching. The top of the mitre has been bent backwards but it appears to have been topped with a cross. The face has well-defined brows and nose, a little hair on each side of the face, eyes consisting of pronouced raised circles within less well defined almond-shapes and a mouth formed from two short horizontal ridges.

The robe has a large curving collar which is filled with parallel diagonal lines. Between the two ends of the collar there is a cross pattee-shaped motif which may represent a crucifix. The lower part of the brooch is rounded and just above this point there is a horizontal line of raised dots bounded above and below by a linear ridge, representing detail on the archbishop's clothing. The rest of the robe is cross-hatched.


Pilgrim badges were popular at English shrines during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries (Spencer 1998, p. 78).

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1499

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 49.11 mm
Width: 25.15 mm
Thickness: 4.45 mm
Weight: 6.12 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 14th February 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Naomi Payne
Identified by: Dr Naomi Payne

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: West Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Frampton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SY6394
Four figure Latitude: 50.744419
Four figure longitude: -2.525769
1:25K map: SY6394
1:10K map: SY64SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOMDOR
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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