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    • Material: Stone
    • Object type: WHETSTONE
    • Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL

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Record ID: PUBLIC-0584C2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A fragment of a conical whetstone of probable post-medieval date. The object is made from a quartz-rich, fine-grained sandstone, is sub-circular in section and probably lathe-turned. It is broken at both ends. These type of whetstones were often used on a spindle, but this does not appear to be the case with this example as there are numerous flat spots along its length from being drawn lengthways across a blade. Suggested date is post-medieval, AD1600-1800. The object is 51.72mm in length and 37.1mm, tapering to 32.42mm, in diameter. It weighs 96gms.
Created on: Friday 13th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 16th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Skidbrooke', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-C5818B
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
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Dark grey dense fine grained and layered stone: whetstone fragment. A thin bar with rounded slightly convergent edges and broad flat sides, both smoothed by wear and randomly scratched on one side, broken at both its ends. The width should probably suggest use in a kitchen or workshop, and the thickness may suggest heavy use leading to thinning and eventual breakage of the object. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1700-1900. Length: 26.9mm, Width: 48.9mm, Thickness: 8.1mm, Weight: 25.80gms.
Created on: Wednesday 18th May 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 18th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Haxey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: ESS-3C1C9D
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
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An incomplete object made of sandstone, possibly a whetstone (hone stone) of Medieval to Modern date. The object is sub-rectangular. On one side, towards one of the shorter edges, there is a large rounded protrusion that may have been a handle. The object is broken at the opposite end to the protrusion. There are faint traces of lines running around the edge of the object that may have been a form of decoration or natural feature in the rock. There are marks across the surface on all sides which may have been caused by a blade being sharpend on the object, suggesting that this is a…
Created on: Tuesday 7th April 2015
Last updated: Friday 10th April 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-3A2542
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Calderdale
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A piece of a quartz rich sandstone whetstone of probable Post Medieval to Modern date. The stone is broken at both ends and sub square in section. It tapers and one face is slightly concave where it has been used. The regular shape of this stone suggests it is part of a manufactured hone or scythe stone. When in use, a scythe would have needed sharpening every 15 minutes or so, so hones were vital pieces of equipment for every farm worker. This example does not appear to have been used very much before it was lost.
Created on: Monday 28th November 2011
Last updated: Monday 28th November 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NLM-E415D7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Stone. Moderately compacted medium grained quartzitic Sandstone. Hone. Fragment of a conical whetstone, probably lathe turned and perhaps also used on a sharpening wheel or spindle, broken at both its ends. The stone does not appear especially suitable to this use. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1600-1800. Diameter: 39.8mm, Length: 76.7mm, Weight: 133.72gms.
Created on: Thursday 26th May 2011
Last updated: Monday 20th June 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wickenby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-E3C6E4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Stone; Grey fine-grained micaceous sandstone. Hone fragment. Fragment from a lathe-turned whetstone of conical form, broken at both ends. The object retains a regular round section, which could suggest it was mounted on a turning axle in a frame when in use. Suggested date: Post-Medieval to Modern, 1700-1900. Diameter: 33.7mm, Length: 90.4mm, Weight: 115.73gms.
Created on: Thursday 26th May 2011
Last updated: Friday 17th June 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wickenby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-35A3C5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
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A complete rectangular whetstone, which is very difficult to date, but is most likely to date from the Roman-post-medival period, i.e. c. AD43-1800. The stone is rectangular in shape and about 14.9mm thick. The surfaces are smooth, but the smoothest part are the sides which were probably used for resharpening blades of knives, axes and other tools. Stray finds of whetstones are notoriously difficult to date and only very few found out of context can be dated to, e.g. the Roman or medieval period because of their shape and/or a perforation for suspension. This whetstone does not bear a…
Created on: Friday 18th March 2011
Last updated: Friday 25th March 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cockermouth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-941C91
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Small stone fragment, possibly the remains of a whetstone. Date uncertain. The surfaces are too worn and damaged to be abolutely certain that this was, indeed, an artefact. It may be natural. It is was a whetstone, the date range would be 2000BC-AD1900, as single stray finds of simple whetstones are notoriously difficult to date.
Created on: Wednesday 2nd February 2011
Last updated: Friday 11th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Thornton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-7E7034
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a whetstone, probably dating from the later medieval or early post-medieval period. It was found next to a large cylindrical lead weight (LANCUM-7E78E1).
Created on: Wednesday 27th October 2010
Last updated: Friday 3rd December 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lancaster', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-ECBF12
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone: Fine grained sandstone with tiny ?mica flecks and black grains. Possibly Coal Measures Sandstone (non-specialist identification by MF). Hone. Tapered cylindrical hone, broken at both ends. The regular round section may suggest it was turned on a lathe, and/or used fitted to a spindle. Spiral gouges may have been inflicted after such use. Suggested date: Post-Medieval to Modern, 1600-1900. Length: 140.47mm, Diameter: 37.47mm, Weight: 240gms.
Created on: Tuesday 27th July 2010
Last updated: Monday 13th September 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wickenby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-FD4682
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Rotherham
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A fragment of a sandstone “Scythe stone” of unknown date, but probably from the Post medieval period. The stone would have been cylindrical but the ends and one side are broken. It is 87.6mm long, 43.7mm wide and 32.5mm thick. It tapers slightly towards one end which is extensively damaged making the shape of the section difficult to determine. This stone was initially thought to be a hone stone, but on further consideration it was realised that this use would produce a rectangular stone with concave sides where the tool has been rubbed to sharpen it, not the neat circular shape e…
Created on: Tuesday 18th March 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SWYOR-FD3481
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Rotherham
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A fragment of a gritstone “scythe stone” of unknown date but probably post medieval. The stone is cylindrical with broken ends and many irregular grooves on the surface. It is 84.1mm long, 36.9mm wide and 35.6mm thick. It tapers slightly towards one end, which is rather more oval than circular in section. This stone was initially thought to be a hone stone, but on further consideration it was realised that this use would produce a rectangular stone with concave sides where the tool has been rubbed to sharpen it, not the neat circular shape evident on this example. It has since bee…
Created on: Tuesday 18th March 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LON-E47073
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
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A Medieval - Post Medieval stone object probably a whetstone (AD1500-1700). The stone object is rectangular and made from oolitic limestone, it has very abraded surfaces edges. Dimensions: length: 82.26mm; width: 16.47mm; thickness: 10.28mm; weight: 26.64g.
Created on: Wednesday 18th July 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Southwark', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-DBACE4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Undatable whetstone. It could date to any time between the Iron Age and post medieval, but probably more likely to be post medieval. It is triangular in section and measures 157mm in length, is max 73mm wide (min 56mm) and max 44mm thick (min 16mm). It weighs c.630g (to the nearest 10g). There is a worn area on the edge of one face and several deep grooves on both faces. The deepest grooves are at the thickest end, being 2-3mm deep.
Created on: Friday 18th November 2005
Last updated: Monday 20th June 2016
Spatial data recorded.


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