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Record ID: LON-E7BE02
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval - Modern stone whetstone. The whetstone is cuboid, with four rectangular faces and two square end surfaces. There is some damage to the square ends. All four rectangular surfaces are very smooth through use and on two of the surfaces are grooves from where the blade sharpness was tested. Dimensions: length: 81mm; width: 34mm; thickness: 31mm; weight: 163.41g.
Created on: Friday 5th January 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cannon Street', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-4C8FE1
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late Saxon/ Medieval Stone hone, dark greyish purple micaceous schist, rectangular-sectioned with circular perforation in irregular broken upper end, slightly tapered and rounded end. 13 x 79mm.
Created on: Wednesday 10th January 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Beeston', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-BA9D42
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of broken sandstone whetstone found in association with early Roman pottery and possibly dating to that period (c. AD 50-250). The whetstone is approximately square in cross-section, although it widens at one end to accomodate a perforation by which it could have been suspended. It is broken at a length of 41mm. It is 13.9mm wide, 11.4mm thick, and weighs 11.1g.
Created on: Monday 15th January 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Misterton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-6DD212
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of whetstone, formed from a buff Wealdon sandstone. The fragment was possibly architectural in origin, then subsequently reused as a whetstone. It is medieval in date.
Created on: Wednesday 6th December 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isfield', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-4A9F93
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A large sub-rectangular whetstone fragment.
Created on: Monday 22nd January 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Yapton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-BED348
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small fragment of whetstone, which is probably medieval in date. The stone has been chipped and ground. Weight: 12.5g.
Created on: Thursday 30th March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Middleton-on-Sea', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-CEB7F5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A seemingly complete whetstone of uncertain date. The object has a round suspension hole, 6.6mm in diameter, at one end. In plan, the object is sub oval with flat upper and lower edges. It measures 46mm in length, 28mm across the 'shoulders', 13mm across the straightened upper edge, and 18.6mm across the straight lower edge. In cross-section it is sub-rectangular in shape tapering gently towards the lower end of the stone, as viewed in profile (max. 10.7mm, min. 9.4mm). All faces are fairly smooth, but the edges are smoother than the main surfaces. All corners and edges have been roun…
Created on: Friday 13th May 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd August 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Chichester', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-E43286
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete whetstone worked from a bladed beach pebble of silty sandstone that has trimmed and faceted ends and a faceted edge on both sides (Dr Roger Taylor pers comm). The whetstone is sub-rectangular in plan, with two rounded ends and straight sides. There are percussion marks and damage at both ends and a large chip missing from one edge. There are also many grooves cut into the surface, perhaps by the plough, though there are three incised chevrons in a herring-bone pattern on one face, which may be deliberate. Both faces are flat and worn where they were used for sharpening and …
Created on: Monday 14th March 2011
Last updated: Monday 21st March 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: CORN-138FA4
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete whetstone worked from a bladed beach pebble of silty sandstone that has a trimmed and faceted end (Dr Roger Taylor pers comm) and flat vertical sides. The whetstone is rectangular in plan, with straight sides and one broken end. There are percussion marks at the faceted end and a large flake missing from the opposite end. Both sides and one face are flat and worn where they were used for sharpening and polishing metal. There are Devonian (Portscatho Formation) sandstones, potentially suitable for whetstones, on the coast between Loe Pool and Polurrian Cove in the northwest …
Created on: Wednesday 16th March 2011
Last updated: Monday 21st March 2011
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Record ID: LANCUM-35A3C5
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: 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: WILT-9990B7
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Swindon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of undatable (200 BC-1800 AD) but probably Roman to medieval, hone or whetstone, measuring 42.21x41.00x20.59mm and weighing 48.45g. The stone has micaceous inclusions and is greyish in colour. The whetstone or hone is formed from a very fine grained sedimentary, mica rich sandstone or siltstone. It is rectangular in cross section and has a deep groove on both of the larger faces.
Created on: Friday 21st January 2011
Last updated: Friday 21st January 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SF-349252
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete stone object, probably a hone or whetstone of uncertain date. It is formed from a hard grey/brown stone, probably a schist or similar, with micaceous inclusions. The surviving fragment is rectangular in form and section, terminating at both ends in old breaks. Along one long side the edges have what appear to be longitudinal grooves or bevels, past which the object terminates in old breaks. The other three surviving surfaces are worn smooth and demonstrate signs of having been deliberately worn or used. It measures 77.37mm in length, 33.02mm in width, 19.28mm in thicknes…
Created on: Monday 28th May 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 30th May 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wickham Skeith', grid reference and parish protected.


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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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Record ID: LEIC-7F2742
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Three undated stone whetstones, all are incomplete - missing their ends, have a rectangular section and rectangular form and show signs of heavy use. 1 56mm long, 11mm thick and 20mm wide, weight 32.07grams. 2 90mm long, 17mm thick and 33mm wide weight 117grams 3 90mm long, 20mm thick and 27mm wide, weight 99.3grams.
Created on: Friday 13th April 2012
Last updated: Friday 13th April 2012
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LIN-278052
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A whetstone made of schist or Norweigian ragstone. The surface is very fine and contains high quantities of small refractive ?quartz. The stone is rectangular in plan and in cross-section, broken at one end and with a circular hole drilled through the other. The hole is hour-glass shaped.
Created on: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Sleaford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-90E627
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cream coloured Fossiliferous Limestone Possible Rubber. Sub-triangular flat stone, smoothed on upper and lower surfaces and along two edges. This object was recovered as a possible miniature axe-head, a function for which the material is unsuitable. However, its flat smoothed form may be the result of either a natural processes - such as erosion in water - or utilisation. It resembles a pumice stone smoother, an item supplied in recent times for cosmetic use as a rubber to remove dead skin; pumice stone inserts were also used in pincushions to sharpen points. Such uses may have bee…
Created on: Tuesday 8th May 2012
Last updated: Thursday 13th September 2012
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LIN-2D19E3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a whetstone. The stone was presumably once elongated but only the terminal remains. The terminal is oval in cross-section and has hole drilled through it for suspension. The stone is a fine grey material. Probably medieval.
Created on: Wednesday 28th March 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 28th March 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Saltfleetby area', grid reference and parish protected.


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