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Record ID: PAS-611B78
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A stone spindle whorl of possible medieval date. It is of flattened biconvexform, higher in one half than the other. The circumference is also flattened. The fabric is fine grained and of light-grey colour. It features incised concentric decoration in the form neat concentric rings (turning lines) on both surfaces. The central hole measures c. 8.1mm in diameter. On the higher half the object has suffered a loss adjacent to the hole. The stone is calcareous and probably a siltstone/mudstone. Geoff Egan (1998, 255ff.) suggests that the cheaper, possibly home-made, ceramic and bone spind…
Created on: Thursday 19th February 2015
Last updated: Monday 23rd February 2015
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Record ID: HAMP-394C84
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete circular cast lead object, possibly a spindle whorl or other weight. The whorl is biconvex, with one surface having received steeper bevelling than the other. The top is flattened and the base is slightly concave. It is basic and has suffered corrosion. It is seemingly undecorated. The artefact has a spindle hole with a diameter of 6.4mm. The spindle whorl is 7.9mm thick and weighs 16.01g. It has been pointed out that the weight of a spindle whorl is suggestive of the thickness of yarn produced, with lighter spindle whorls (3-5 grams) being used for spinning cotton …
Created on: Monday 29th November 2010
Last updated: Monday 29th November 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Headbourne Worthy CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-21EBF6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead spindle whorl or possibly weight. It is disc shaped, with a flat base and top and slightly rounded sides. It has a circular hole running through the centre, with a ridge around the hole. It is 27.0mm in diameter, 7.3 thick with a hole 9.9mm and weighs 26.37 grams. Plain spindle whorls and weights were cast locally in lead from the Roman period onwards and are hard to date precisely although most are late Medieval - Post Medieval.
Created on: Thursday 16th September 2010
Last updated: Friday 17th September 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Chichester', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-CECC26
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead alloy decorated spindle whorl. The whorl is circular with a flat base and domed top, slightly flattened in the centre, and a circular hole running through the centre. The upper side is decorated with raised lines radiating out from the central hole, these are thought to help the spindle work as well as be decorative. It is 32.7 mm in diameter and 11.6 mm thick; weights 52.5 grams. Locally cast lead spindle whorls were in use from the Roman to Post Medieval period and are hard to date precisely.
Created on: Wednesday 26th May 2010
Last updated: Thursday 5th August 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chalvington with Ripe', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-6FAA75
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead or lead alloy bi-convex decorated spindle whorl of probable Medieval date (1300 – 1650 AD). The spindle whorl is sub-circular in plan. Both faces have a cast rim around the edge and also a similar rim around the circumference of the inner hole. The central hole is broadly circular and has been cast / set slightly off centre. The diameter of the hole measures 11.3mm. The design on the upper and lower is broadly the same consisting of a series of radiating diagonal lines forming irregular panels. Each panel is decorated with a letter or symbol cast in high relief. The front …
Created on: Thursday 15th April 2010
Last updated: Thursday 15th April 2010
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