BH-2E84C4: Medieval weight

Rights Holder:
CC License:

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).


Unique ID: BH-2E84C4

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A lead weight of probable 13th to 15th century date. For similar weights, see Biggs and Withers 2000: 45. The crudely-made weight takes the form of an elongated heart with a flat upper and lower surface. One surface bears a longitudinal groove and two hollows which appear to have been created while the cooling weight was being removed from the mould. The surface of the artefact is heavily pitted. The object measures 71.9mm long, 48.2mm wide and 20mm thick. It weighs 440.3g, which is just short of the averdepois pound weight of 454g (see Biggs and Withers: 34-5).

Class: Heart-shaped

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 71.9 mm
Width: 48.2 mm
Thickness: 20 mm
Weight: 440.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 10th January 2009

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters
Identified by: Mr Julian Watters

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 09/51 - 3

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: North Hertfordshire (District)
To be known as: Baldock

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: With finder
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Biggs, N. and Withers, P. 2000 Lead Weights: The David Rogers Collection Powys White House Publications

Similar objects

Find number: BH-552AF3
Object type: WEIGHT
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
A cast lead weight of probable Medieval to post-Medieval date. For similar weights, see Biggs and Withers 2000: 27. The artefact has been r…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: LIN-CAFCF6
Object type: WEIGHT
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Complete lead weight. The weight is square in cross-section and tapers to the top where there is a small circular hole for suspension or atta…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: YORYM-A6B3A3
Object type: WEIGHT
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
A complete lead-alloy trade weight of medieval to post-medieval date, c.AD 1380 - 1600. The weight is shield shaped with rounded edges and cor…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: BH
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.