LON-C82858: A Medieval lead alloy pilgrim’s souvenir - Canterbury bell (15th century).   LON-C82858

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Unique ID: LON-C82858

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A Medieval lead alloy pilgrim's souvenir - Canterbury bell dating late 14th - early 15th century. The bell is a truncated cone in shape, slightly flaring at the mouth, with a trefoil lug (only a stub remains, the rest is missing). There is a perforation at the peak from which the clapper would have been hung. The clapper is no longer present. There is a moulded inscription around the rim reading in Lombardic capitals + CAMPAN THOMEA Thomas' bell. This bell is very similar to one found in London no.126 (Spencer 1998: 123-5).

Dimensions: Diameter: 37.46mm; length: 27.63mm; weight: 16.63g.

Reference: Spencer, B. 1998. Pilgrim Souvenirs and Secular Badges. The Stationery Office, London.

Identification and dating by Tony Pilson and Ian Smith based on foreshore context.

Class: Canterbury bell
Inscription: CAMPAN THOMEA

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1375
Date to: AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27.63 mm
Weight: 16.63 g
Diameter: 37.46 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st July 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Identified by: Mrs Kate Sumnall

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: City and County of the City of London (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Billingsgate (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3380
Four figure Latitude: 51.503293
Four figure longitude: -0.085156
1:25K map: TQ3380
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst searching the Thames foreshore.
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Standing water

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LON
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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