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    • Object type: WHETSTONE
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Record ID: LANCUM-FF4A27
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably a whetstone dating from the early medieval period. The object is roughly rectangular in shape and has a rectangular cross section. The surface on one side is rougher than on the other three sides which are very smooth. There are two parallel 'cuts' around the top part of the object which is where a string may have been attached to it. There is no evidence of a perforation.
Created on: Friday 10th January 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 5th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carnforth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-BE1C37
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone of probableEarly-Medieval date. The stone is cylindrical in profile and circular in section constructed from a fine grained sandstone with a high mica component. One end of the object appears to terminate in an old break, all other surfaces are smoothed. While this form of whetstone is fairly ubiquitous throughout history its association with securely dated Early-Medieval material would suggest a comparable date for this example.
Created on: Wednesday 2nd October 2013
Last updated: Monday 24th February 2014
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Record ID: SF-23F8A3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete pendant whetstone of uncertain date. It is formed from a medium to dark grey fine grained and micaceous stone, perhaps a micaceous schist, and is square in section, rectangular in form, terminating in old breaks at one end. The surviving end is triangular in profile with a worn hourglass perforation, an attempted second circular perforation visible on one side of the complete end. The entire object measures 50.43mm in length, 10.98mm in width, 11.81mm in thickness and 13.24g in weight. This is an incomplete pendant whetstone of uncertain date, possibly dating to the Earl…
Created on: Monday 19th August 2013
Last updated: Thursday 6th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cavenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-23E526
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete pendant whetstone of uncertain date. It is formed from a thin, dark grey and fine grained stone that is slate-like in appearance. The surviving fragment is rectangular in form, oval sectioned and terminates at one end in old breaks. At the butt end the sides taper to a squared off end where there is an off-centred hourglass perforation. The entire object measures 31.30mm in length, 14.92mm in width, 3.65mm in thickness and 3.54g in weight. This is an incomplete pendant whetstone of uncertain date, possibly dating to the Early Bronze Age (c.2550-1600 BC) or perhaps even t…
Created on: Monday 19th August 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 9th October 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cavenham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-8E3531
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Possible whetstone. Shield-shaped, ractangular-sectioned, with angled, off-centre hole near flat top edge. Length 34mm. Width 23mm.Thickness 16mm. Undated, but probably Roman - Medieval, if a whetstone.
Created on: Monday 12th August 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 13th August 2013
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Record ID: WMID-69F813
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone or hone, of uncertain dating, but probably Roman to Post Medieval (AD 43 to AD 1800). The whetstone is sub rectangular in plan, and triangular in section. It has been made from a fine grained sedimentary sandstone or siltstone. An old diagonal break along the length is present on the reverse, giving the whetstone fragment the triangular shape. A figure of eight shaped perforation is present at the top, indicating that it had been created by the use of a drill on either side. The top of the whetstone has been bevelled on either side, to create a blunt top. The…
Created on: Wednesday 17th July 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 17th July 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'North Warwickshire', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-9B3B05
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete honestone of Norwegian Ragstone, both ends missing, of sub-rectangular cross-section and steadily diminishing thickness from one end to the other. There is a V-sectioned longitudinal groove on one face. Norwegian Ragstone was imported in quantity before the Conquest (Moore, D.T. and Ellis, S.E. in Rogerson and Dallas 1984, 107-11) and in Norfolk remained "the preferred material for hones during the late medieval period" (Mills, J.M. with Moore, D. in Shepherd Popescu 2009, 709). Length 50.5mm. Width 35.5mm. Thickness 13.5 - 7mm. Weight 42g.
Created on: Tuesday 25th June 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 17th June 2014
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Record ID: GLO-0871D7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Bath and North East Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Broken whetstone that is sub-rectangular in plan. This is wider at one end where it is pierced for suspension at which point it tapers to the other end, which has been truncated. Date possibly medieval
Created on: Tuesday 18th June 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 18th June 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Keynsham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-59D611
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine grained honey coloured Sandstone Possible Whetstone fragment. Rectangular section fragment, possibly from a bar shaped workshop or kitchen whetstone - as distinct from hones worn or carried at the belt. All four sides appear smoothed, and one side may also be lightly dished. A break at one end is ancient damage inflicted before a prolonged period of immersion; the break at the other end is recent, exposing tiny quartz inclusions. The rest of the surface has been smoothed after its ancient breakage by prolonged immersion and rolling by water. The material is not ideal for sharpe…
Created on: Monday 10th June 2013
Last updated: Monday 24th June 2013
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Record ID: BERK-F4F3E8
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete, damaged probable tapered whetstone. The object is widely dated to the Medieval to Modern periods and weighs 81.4gms.
Created on: Friday 24th May 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 30th November 2016
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Record ID: LIN-B38633
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete shist or ragstone whetstone. The object is rectangular in cross-section and flares slightly towards the terminal. The terminal is curved - both in plan and cross-section - somewhat like a blade. The other end is broken.
Created on: Thursday 21st March 2013
Last updated: Monday 25th March 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Louth area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-7C5F48
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a probable Early Medieval to Medieval pendant whetstone. The stone is rectangular in both plan and cross-section. At one end it is perforated by a circular hole to secure it via a thong or suspension ring to a strap or belt. The thickness is greater at the perforated end where it tapers in a shallow curve to the broken terminal end. The greater thickness at one end probably derives from the fact that it was held by this end when in use. The material is dark grey in colour and is probably a form of Blue Phyllite, the surface of which is smooth and fine, but the sides i…
Created on: Friday 22nd February 2013
Last updated: Monday 25th March 2013
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Record ID: SF-A6F958
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete worked stone object, probably a whetstone, hone or similar object of uncertain date. It is formed from a relatively hard pale white/brown stone that has sparse very small quartz-like inclusions. the entire object is rectangular in form, square in section and missing part of one side due to old breaks. The surfaces have extensive wear resulting in smooth edges and corners and there are traces of possible tool marks in places indicative of deliberate manufacture. It measures 62.13mm in length, 23.42mm in width, 23.76mm in thickness and 55.44g in weight. This appears to be …
Created on: Tuesday 12th February 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dalham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-3A4E33
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A possible whetstone. The object is rectangular in plan and also in cross-section with one smooth surface, and all others being slightly irregular. The irregularity of the other sides is more akin to the way in which the stone would probably naturally break, rather than having been intentionally made into a whetstone. The stone is cream-yellow in colour.
Created on: Wednesday 14th November 2012
Last updated: Friday 16th November 2012
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Record ID: SOM-6C53B3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One end of a micaceous fine sandstone whetstone. The whetstone is oval in section and an bar shape with one rounded end and one straight end which is probably broken. One side is distinctly more polished and concave from use. It is 108.4mm long, 59.6mm wide at the break and 41.1mm thick; it weighs 498 grams. It is not a local rock but pebbles of many types of rock are found locally in rivers and estuaries brought in by water and glacial action. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools into the 20th centu…
Created on: Thursday 11th October 2012
Last updated: Monday 3rd April 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NLM-ED71A5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Schist Possible Hone fragment. An irregular fragment from a mullion of possibly Norwegian schist. One broad side may be flattened and grooved, and the opposite side appears dished. This stone was the predominant material used for whetstones in medieval England. Earlier examples were imported as finished or nearly finished items, but later material includes fragments of rock broken along its bedding planes with finishing left to the purchaser; in this form perhaps arriving as a ballast cargo for vessels engaged in the Northern trade. An origin from glacial drift is also possible as t…
Created on: Friday 5th October 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 28th November 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Muckton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-89AD03
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Medieval or Medieval whetstone or hone. The stone is sub rectangular with slightly concave long edges so it widens slightly towards each end. One end is complete with rounded corners, the other ends in an old break. In section it has straight sides and slighty convex faces. It thickens slightly towards the complete end before thinning to a rounded edge. Just before the break is a circular perforation for suspension. the hole is hour glass shaped having been drilled from both sides and is 3.8mm in diameter in the centre. The stone is fine grained, grey to slightly grey green in c…
Created on: Tuesday 18th September 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 12th December 2012
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: DUR-4889B1
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A possible whetstone of unknown date. It is sub-oval in plan with rounded edges. It is a rounded oval in cross-section. The object tapers either side towards the two shorter edges. It is made from a grey stone. There are linear grooves on all the surfaces, possibly caused by sharpening tools. Part of the stone has been broken on one of the larger surfaces. It is difficult to say that this is definitely a whetstone as natural stones could be used for this purpose without much working to make them suitable. It weighs >1kg and measures 114.07mm in length and 52.97mm in width.
Created on: Monday 3rd September 2012
Last updated: Monday 3rd September 2012
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Record ID: NLM-A02571
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Schist, possibly Norwegian Possible Hone fragment. Small fragment from a mullion of schist. The angled end and part of one side appear smoothed; other surfaces are probably broken. If the identification is sustained, this could be a small piece of a medieval whetstone; the English market for hones was dominated by Norwegian schists through the Medieval period. In the later medieval period, it is possible that undressed mullions of schist were imported to be either shaped or worn to shape by the purchaser. Suggested date: Possibly Medieval, 1300-1500. Length: 25.5mm, Width: 19.7mm…
Created on: Thursday 14th June 2012
Last updated: Thursday 9th August 2012
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Record ID: NLM-082E64
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Norwegian Schist Hone fragment. Rectangular section mullion of schist, worn on all its sides and markedly dished on one of its narrower sides. Broken at both ends. Norwegian honestones from quarries near Telemark came to dominate the English market for sharpening stones throughout the Middle Ages. This object is of an intermediate size between personal hones - often carried suspended - and more unwieldy workshop or kitchen hones .The shape is conferred by the cleavage of the stone along its bedding planes. Suggested date: Medieval, 1200-1500. Length: 93.2mm, Width: 34.2mm, Thic…
Created on: Thursday 7th June 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 11th July 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Beltoft', grid reference and parish protected.


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