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Record ID: LANCUM-DD5E25
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Lead spindle whorl or possibly gaming piece of early medieval to post-medieval date (c. 800 - 1650 AD). The object is cylindrical in form with a central circular perforation. The top face is embellished by rectangular indents, giving the impression of crenellation. The object has a light-brown patina. It is 25.54mm in diameter and 10.85mm in thickness. The diameter of the central perforation is 9.84mm. It weighs 37.40g. Lead spindle whorls are difficult to date without archaeological context. Cylindrical examples with decoration only on one side have been dated to the early medieval a…
Created on: Tuesday 15th January 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 26th February 2019
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Record ID: LANCUM-DCEA7B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Lead biconical spindle whorl of medieval date (c. 1200 - 1500 AD). The object is circular in plan and triangular in section, with a central circular aperture. Both faces are decorated with raised lines that extend around the inner and outer edges and across the face. Between the lines sit clusters of three raised dots. The object has a light-brown patina. It is 27.60mm in diameter and 11.08mm in thickness. The diameter of the central aperture is 9.74mm. The object weighs 40.49g. Lead spindle whorls can be difficult to date without archaeological context. Biconical examples with raised…
Created on: Tuesday 15th January 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 26th February 2019
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Record ID: LANCUM-2D2F29
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Lead biconical spindle whorl of medieval date (c. 1200 - 1500 AD). The object is circular in plan, with a central circular perforation and angled faces resulting in a triangular section. The object has moulded decoration on both faces: on one side this consists of a ridge around the central perforation and a line of circles around the middle of the face; the other side is more worn but linear ridges can be seen extending across the face. The object has a light brown patina. It is 29.71mm in diameter, 11.84mm in thickness and weighs 40.97g. The diameter of the central perforation is 10.…
Created on: Wednesday 7th November 2018
Last updated: Thursday 22nd November 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-064C3A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Lead biconical spindle whorl of medieval date (c. 1200 - 1500 AD). The object is circular in plan with a central circular perforation. Both faces are angled and the outer edge is flattened, resulting in a trapezoidal section. The surface of the object is very worn but a design of equally-spaced transverse raised lines can be made out across both faces. The object has a light brown patina. It is 28.99mm in diameter, 10.21mm in thickness and weighs 31.36g. The diameter of the central perforation is 11.01mm. Lead spindle whorls are difficult to date precisely without archaeological cont…
Created on: Wednesday 24th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 26th October 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-5E545F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lancashire
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Lead cylindrical spindle whorl of uncertain date (c. 43 - 1800 AD). The object is circular in plan with a central, circular perforation, slightly larger in diameter on one side than the other. The object is D-shaped in section. Damage has been sustained by the object, leaving a rough, irregular area to one side. Otherwise, the object has a smooth, white patina. It is 22.45mm in diameter, 12.14mm in thickness and weighs 35.71g. The diameter of the central perforation is 9.38mm at one end and 7.56mm at the other end. Lead spindle whorls are difficult to date without archaeological conte…
Created on: Thursday 4th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 12th October 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-5E1B38
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Lead biconical spindle whorl of late medieval or post-medieval date (c. 1300 - 1600 AD). The spindle whorl is circular in plan and triangular in section and has a circular, central perforation. There is a further circular perforation through one side of the object; this perforation is oval and irregular at the top and circular and narrow at the bottom, demonstrating that it was pierced from the outer edge. Both faces of the spindle whorl are decorated with a raised pattern: on one face this consists of transverse lines, interspersed with lozenge-shaped dots; while the other face has tr…
Created on: Thursday 4th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 12th October 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-5D8D68
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Lead biconical spindle whorl of probable medieval date (c. 1200 - 1500 AD). The object is circular in plan. A central, circular perforation and angled faces result in a triangular section. While the surface of the object is very worn, a raised zig-zag design can be seen on both faces. The object has a light-brown patina. It is 29.29mm in diameter, 9.54mm in thickness and weighs 26.49g. The diameter of the central perforation is 10.00mm. While lead objects can be difficult to date precisely without archaeological context, the form and decoration of this spindle whorl places it most lik…
Created on: Thursday 4th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 12th October 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-5E3EB3
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead biconical spindle whorl of medieval date (c. 1200 - 1500 AD). The spindle whorl is circular in plan and triangular in section, with sides that slope to a point and a central, circular perforation. Overall, the object is very regular in form. One face is decorated with a raised pattern of lines running transversely across the face, interspersed with sets of three dots in all but one section; the remaining section contains two wide horizontal lines which taper to a point where they meet the transverse lines. The other face is decorated with a similar raised pattern, consisting of fo…
Created on: Monday 23rd July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 25th July 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-5E0386
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead biconical spindle whorl of medieval to post-medieval date (c. 1200 - 1600 AD). The spindle whorl is circular in plan and triangular in section, with sides that slope to a point and a central, circular perforation. Overall, the object is very regular in form. One face is decorated with a raised pattern of lines running transversely across the face, interspersed with irregularly positioned dots. The other face is decorated with a raised pattern of transverse lines, with a further, horizontal line running around the face, centrally on one side but towards the outer edge on the other …
Created on: Monday 23rd July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 25th July 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-D699F8
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lancashire
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A lead alloy discoidal spindle whorl of probable Roman date, about AD 43 - 410. It fits into Walton Rogers Class B1. It is a flat disc of rectangular cross section (Glenda Type A cited in Alberti 2017). The central aperture is 5.7mm diameter. The edge of the whorl has been distorted in one place. The whorl is 28.9mm diameter, 6.5mm thick and 35.86g. It has a yellow grey patina.
Created on: Monday 5th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 4th April 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-E99AB6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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A complete lead or lead alloy bi-convex decorated spindle whorl, of probably the Medieval period, dating from c. AD 1100 to AD 1500. The spindle whorl is sub-circular in shape, and lentoid in section. Both the upper and lower faces have been decorated with a series of heart and cross shapes. The central hole is circular in shape and has been cast / set roughly centrally. It has an internal diameter of 9 mm. The diameter is 28mm and the weight 26.70g. Spindle whorls, as an artefact type, can be hard to date accurately as they remained in use for a long period of time, but lead spindle …
Created on: Tuesday 5th September 2017
Last updated: Thursday 14th June 2018
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Record ID: LVPL-D828D5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl of medieval to post-medieval date. The object is circular in plan and rectangular in cross-section. It has a large central circular perforation with an internal diameter of 9mm. The upper face is decorated with raised moulded lines forming 'cross-hatching'. The opposite face of the object is flat and undecorated. The object has a mid-brownish-grey patina and is worn. Similar examples of spindle whorls have reportedly been found in contexts dated from the Roman through to the Post-Medieval period although the majority are typically dated broadly to the med…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bickerstaffe', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-D80F1E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl of medieval to post-medieval date. The object is circular in plan and bi-conical with a central circular perforation which has been drilled from one face. On one face the perforation measures 8mm in diameter while on the opposite face the perforation measures 6mm in diameter and has adhering remains of iron corrosion. One face is decorated with series of 14 flattened pellets around the circumference of the object. While more flattened and merging pellets surround the perforation. The opposite face has traces of decoration which is too worn to decipher. The o…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd February 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bickerstaffe', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-172937
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl of medieval to post-medieval date. The object is circular in plan and bi-conical. In the centre of the object is a circular perforation with an internal diameter of 10mm. On one face of the object the remains of line and pellet decoration is visible with one raised pellet remaining. On the opposite face, one moulded line is visible and pits which may be where pellets once were. Each surface is heavily abraded probably due to movement within the plough soil. The spindle whorl has a light brown patina. Similar examples of spindle whorls have reportedly been…
Created on: Thursday 8th September 2016
Last updated: Friday 9th September 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Great Harwood', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-8AB149
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl of medieval to post-medieval date. The object is oval in plan and conical with a central circular perforation. The perforation has an internal diameter of 8mm. Each face is undecorated and uneven due to ancient damage or poor construction. The object has a mid white patina and is in fair condition. Similar examples of spindle whorls have reportedly been found in contexts dated from the Roman through to the Post-Medieval period although the majority are typically dated broadly to the medieval period c.1100-1500. Dimensions: 24mm in lenght, 22mm in width…
Created on: Wednesday 27th July 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 27th July 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bispham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-BC3B08
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl of medieval to post medieval date. The object is circular in plan and slightly conical. The spindle whorl has a large regular central perforation with a central diameter of 11mm. Each face is decorated with a worn moulded starburst design with raised pellets between each point of the star. The object is light brown in colour. Similar examples of spindle whorls have reportedly been found in contexts dated from the Roman through to the Post-Medieval period although the majority are typically dated broadly to the Medieval period c.1100-1500. Dimensions: 3…
Created on: Tuesday 5th July 2016
Last updated: Thursday 7th July 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hutton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-893F88
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead spindle whorl, probably Medieval used for spinning wool. The weight is flattish and sub-circular, thicker in the centre and with a perforation running through the middle. The object is fairly flat on both sides, with decoration present in the form of raised pellets and lines. Similar spindle whorls have been found in medieval contexts including at Codnor Castle, Derbyshire; at the Austin Friary in Leicester (Mellor and Pearce, 1981) and the deserted medieval village of Thrislington (topsoil find; Austin 1989, 137, fig. 58.2). Also see several others on the PAS database, fo…
Created on: Wednesday 27th January 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 17th October 2017
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Record ID: LVPL-143178
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl of probable medieval date. The object is circular in plan with oval sides and flattened faces. The object has a large central circular perforation which measures 9mm in diameter. Each face is worn with a light white patina and is undecorated. Similar examples of spindle whorls have reportedly been found in contexts dated from the Roman through to the Post-Medieval period although the majority are typically dated broadly to the Medieval period c.1100-1500. Dimensions: 29mm in diameter, 5mm thick, 42.8g.
Created on: Wednesday 16th December 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 16th December 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ormskirk', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-A1BFC3
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl dating from the Roman to the Post-Medieval period, (AD 43-1700). The object is circular in plan and bi-conical. It has a central circular perforation with an internal diameter of 7.5mm. Each face is decorated with four large double ring-and-dot motifs. Between each of the four at the edges of the object is a single ring-and-dot motif, resulting in eight raised pellets (dots) on each face. The object has a mid-brown patina and is in good condition. Similar examples of spindle whorls have reportedly been found in contexts dated from the Roman through to the…
Created on: Friday 23rd October 2015
Last updated: Thursday 4th February 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Up Holland', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-61C153
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead alloy spindle whorl dating from the Roman to the Post-Medieval period, (AD 43-1700). The object is circular in plan and conical. It has a circular perforation, slightly off centre, with an internal diameter of 9mm. Each face of the object is worn and undecorated. The upper face is undulating due to ancient damage. The object has a light white patina. Similar examples of spindle whorls have reportedly been found in contexts dated from the Roman through to the Post-Medieval period although the majority are typically dated broadly to the Medieval period c.1100-1500. Due to…
Created on: Tuesday 20th October 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 20th October 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ormskirk', grid reference and parish protected.


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