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    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL

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Record ID: BH-F46EE4
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Northamptonshire
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A complete undecorated lead conical spindle whorl with an off-centre circular hole. The underside is flat. Plain lead spindle whorls and weights were cast locally from the Roman period to the Post Medieval Period, therefore making them hard to date precisely. It is 10mm high and 30mm in diameter. The circular perforation is 8mm in diameter. The spindle whorl weighs 35.60 grams.
Created on: Wednesday 16th January 2019
Last updated: Friday 1st February 2019
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Record ID: PUBLIC-EEDCD7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
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A complete lead spindle whorl of unknown date. The spindle whorl is biconvex and sub-circular in shape. The spindle whorl is undecorated.There is a central, uneven circular hole with a diameter of 6.5mm. The whorl is a blotched colour of pale brown and grey with a cream patina. Regarding the dating of spindle whorls, Helen Geake of the British Museum writes: "Dating of lead whorls is difficult. The drop spindle with which they were used continued in use until the end of the medieval period.of unknown date. It is also difficult to establish the function of the whorl as is could also be…
Created on: Friday 16th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 19th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Reepham area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-5AE90B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
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A lead alloy weight or mis-cast whorl of unknown date. The object is conical in form with an irregular hole that has a diameter of 8.5mm. The surface is worn and distorted with heavy grooves in one area and deep pits in one area around the top, adjacent to the hole. The top of the cone has a diameter of 15mm and the bottom has a diameter of 23mm. It is difficult to assume a function as it may be a weight or a mis-cast spindle whorl. Regarding the dating of spindle whorls, Helen Geake of the British Museum writes: "Dating of lead whorls is difficult.The drop spindle with which they were…
Created on: Friday 9th November 2018
Last updated: Friday 16th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Reepham area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-5A9124
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
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An complete cast lead spindle whorl of unknown date.The spindle whorl is biconvex on one side and flat on the other. Both faces of the spindle whorl are undecorated. The whorl is slightly conical in shape and the top side has a diameter of 21mm and the bottom side has a diameter of 18mm.There is a central, circular hole of 7.00mm. The whorl is cream and the lead has oxidised to form a powdery surface. Regarding the dating of spindle whorls, Helen Geake of the British Museum writes: "Dating of lead whorls is difficult.The drop spindle with which they were used continued in use until the…
Created on: Friday 9th November 2018
Last updated: Friday 16th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Reepham area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-5A6798
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
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A complete lead spindle whorl of unknown date. The spindle whorl is biconvex and sub-circular in shape. The spindle whorl shows signs of wear and the raised design of lines and bosses on the convex side is only partially visible as a result. There is a central, circular hole with a diameter of 8.00mm on the convex side and 10.00 on the flat side. . The whorl is a pale grey in colour with a cream patina. Regarding the dating of spindle whorls, Helen Geake of the British Museum writes: "Dating of lead whorls is difficult. The drop spindle with which they were used continued in use unti…
Created on: Friday 9th November 2018
Last updated: Friday 16th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Reepham area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-41F05E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cumbria
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Incomplete lead spindle whorl of uncertain date, possibly Roman or early medieval (c. 43 - 1000 AD). The object is broadly oval in plan, with a slightly convex upper face, although the edges of the object are badly chipped and damaged. The broken edges are abraded, suggesting that they occurred in antiquity and this may have been the objects original form. There is a small circular perforation, positioned centrally. The object has a light-brown patina. It is 16.37mm in diameter and 4.73mm in thickness. It weighs 4.65g. The central perforation has a diameter of 2.83mm. Lead spindle who…
Created on: Thursday 8th November 2018
Last updated: Thursday 22nd November 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-41CCBE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cumbria
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Lead conical spindle whorl of uncertain date (c. 43 - 1700 AD). The object is broadly oval in plan, with a flat bottom face and curved upper face, resulting in a triangular section. There is a circular aperture positioned centrally. The object has a light-brown patina. It is 20.80mm in diameter and 10.51mm in thickness. It weighs 17.73g. The central aperture has a diameter of 6.39mm. Lead spindle whorls are difficult to date without archaeological context as a similar form was used from the Roman period to the modern day. It is not possible, therefore, to assign a more precise date ra…
Created on: Thursday 8th November 2018
Last updated: Thursday 22nd November 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-4195AA
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cumbria
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Small lead discoid spindle whorl of uncertain date, possibly Roman or early-medieval (c. AD 43 - 1000). The spindle whorl is circular in plan and rectangular in section, with a small central, circular perforation. The object has a light-brown patina. It is 16.86mm in diameter and 8.01mm in thickness. The diameter of the perforation is 4.65mm. It weighs 13.38g. Lead spindle whorls are difficult to date without archaeological context as a similar form was used from the Roman period into the modern day. Discoid spindle whorls are associated with Roman contexts and the small diameter of t…
Created on: Thursday 8th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 1st April 2019
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Record ID: LANCUM-414BF7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cumbria
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Lead discoid spindle whorl of uncertain date, possibly Roman or post-medieval (c. 43 - 1700 AD). The spindle whorl is circular in plan and rectangular in section, with a central, circular perforation. The surface is worn and cracked. The object has a light-brown patina. It is 31.57mm in diameter and 9.45mm in thickness. The diameter of the perforation is 10.58mm. It weighs 30.50g. Lead spindle whorls are difficult to date without archaeological context as a similar form was used from the Roman period into the modern day. Discoid spindle whorls are particularly associated with Roman an…
Created on: Thursday 8th November 2018
Last updated: Thursday 22nd November 2018
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Record ID: LVPL-74856C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cumbria
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A spindle whorl with one flat face, and one slightly domed face. The object has a pale cream patina with light brown specks. The hole in the centre has a diameter of 9mm.
Created on: Wednesday 17th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 6th February 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Penrith', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: ASHM-CA2DEC
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl.
Created on: Wednesday 4th July 2018
Last updated: Friday 8th February 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Childrey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-6F566F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Surrey
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A complete, age uncertain, crudely cast, lead alloy, medium size, plain, spindle whorl. Circular base, flat with a radial recess and slightly raised outer edge. Domed upper surface with central hole that once held a wooden shaft for hand spinning material such as wool from the fleece into yarn. Pale grey, slightly irregular, matt surface with a number of fine scratches and a dent on the base probably damage caused by agricultural machinery. The date is unknown but more likely to be Post Medieval. Ref. Detector Finds, Gordon Bailey, Greenlight Publishing 1992, page 52-57 No. 24 and Det…
Created on: Tuesday 6th December 2016
Last updated: Saturday 10th December 2016
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Record ID: KENT-C9110A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Surrey
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A complete, age uncertain, crudely cast, lead alloy, medium size, plain spindle whorl. Once circular but now distorted by agriculatural machinery, oval shape with a flat base, slightly convex or domed upper surface with a central hole that once held a wooden shaft for hand spinning the wool from the fleece into yarn. Pale grey slightly irregular surface patina. This whorl is of uncertain date Roman 43AD - Georgian 1799AD. Ref. Detector Finds, Gordon Bailey, Greenlight Publishing 1992, page 52-56 No. 24 and Detector Finds 6, Gordon Bailey, Greenliught Publishing 2008, page 71-88 Fig. C…
Created on: Monday 1st December 2014
Last updated: Friday 5th December 2014
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Record ID: WILT-A37514
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Wiltshire
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A lead spindle whorl of uncertain date (c. 800 BC - AD 1600). The spindle whorl is circular with a diameter of 29.63mm. It features a circular perforation which measures 9.84mm in diameter. The loomweight is flat on one side and domed on the other. The whorl measures 29.63mm in diameter (internal diameter 9.84mm), is 10.76mm wide and 8.01mm thick. It weighs 31.28g.
Created on: Wednesday 5th November 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 7th January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Salisbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-11A601
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Rutland
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An complete lead weight or spindle whorl of uncertain date. It is hemispherical in form with a hole through the centre. It is undecorated. As there are so few diagnostic details this could either be a weight or spindle whorl and as such cannot be precisely dated. Diameter: 32.0mm, thickness: 12.7mm, weight: 75.35g
Created on: Tuesday 4th February 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 1st April 2014
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Record ID: GLO-9EDE42
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Gloucestershire
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Lead conical spindle whorl, this is plain with a large hole in the centre (10mm diameter) Plain spindle whorls and weights were cast locally in lead from the Roman period onwards and are hard to date precisely.
Created on: Friday 6th September 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 21st January 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Forest of Dean', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-9EC792
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Gloucestershire
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Lead conical spindle whorl, this is plain with a large hole in the centre (10mm diameter) Plain spindle whorls and weights were cast locally in lead from the Roman period onwards and are hard to date precisely.
Created on: Friday 6th September 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 21st January 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Forest of Dean', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-164BA8
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead globular spindle whorl, this is plain with a large hole in the centre. Plain spindle whorls and weights were cast locally in lead from the Roman period onwards and are hard to date precisely.
Created on: Friday 19th April 2013
Last updated: Friday 19th April 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Donnington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-1642C1
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead flat spindle whorl (27mm diameter, height 11mm, weight 47.97g). Plain spindle whorls and weights were cast locally in lead from the Roman period to the Post Medieval Period and are hard to date precisely.
Created on: Friday 19th April 2013
Last updated: Friday 19th April 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Donnington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-3F87C4
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead flat spindle whorl, this has a voided cross on one side with a large hole in the centre (20mm diameter, height 5mm, weight 11.7g). Plain spindle whorls and weights were cast locally in lead from the Roman period to the Post Medieval Period and are hard to date precisely.
Created on: Tuesday 9th April 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 9th April 2013
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