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Record ID: SOM-03E48F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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A lead spindle whorl. The object is a torus shape being circular in plan with a circular hole in its centre and sub-oval in cross section, almost being pointed on its outside edge and almost straight sided on its inside edge. The spindle whorl is a light grey colour mostly with a worn smooth surface although it has a large chip, possibly from plough damage on its reverse. The entire piece is 39.3mm by 39.5mm and measures 8.8mm thick. It weighs 69.91 grams. The circular hole through the centre, has a diameter of c.12.1mm. Simple spindle whorls were in use over a very long period of t…
Created on: Thursday 18th July 2019
Last updated: Thursday 18th July 2019
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Record ID: NMS-02F8F6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Late Saxon to post-medieval plano-convex lead spindle whorl. Diameter 25mm, thickness 7.2mm, hole diameter 6-8mm, weight 23.56g. 11th - 16th century.
Created on: Thursday 18th July 2019
Last updated: Thursday 18th July 2019
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Record ID: NMS-8A0120
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Very small Late Saxon to post-medieval deep plano-convex lead spindle whorl. Diameter 19.8mm, thickness 4.3mm, hole diameter 7.3mm, weight 10.24g. 11th - 16th century.
Created on: Friday 12th July 2019
Last updated: Friday 12th July 2019
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Record ID: YORYM-868BC0
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete lead-alloy spindle whorl of medieval to post-medieval date, c.AD 1200 - 1800. The spindle whorl is bi-conical with a central perforation running through it. One side is decorated with has irregularly spaced raised lines radiating from the perforation to the outer edge. Two of the resulting cells have a raised X within and all other cells have three raised pellets. The other side displays a variety of raised shapes including an X, two interlinked chevrons and a cross along with raised radiating lines and pellets. The metal has a mid-brown/white patina and is worn. The spindl…
Created on: Friday 12th July 2019
Last updated: Friday 19th July 2019
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Record ID: NMS-728874
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Three Late Saxon to post-medieval lead spindle whorls: - plano-convex, diameter 25mm, thickness 9mm, hole diameter 9-11mm, weight 28.00g. - truncated conical, diameter 26.5mm, thickness 12mm, hole diameter 7-9mm, weight 46.26g. - probably annular, lower part missing, diameter 26.5mm, hole diameter 8.5mm.
Created on: Thursday 11th July 2019
Last updated: Thursday 11th July 2019
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Record ID: NLM-5E3C85
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Lead spindle whorl. Cast biconvex whorl with a medial circumferential rim between its two halves, with a moulded aperture of diameter 11.2mm. Traces of a row of pellets between the rim and a flat area around the aperture appear on one side. The other side bears tint crescentic and angular marks: these may relicts of stamped decoration, but may equally be the result of chewing by a small child or vermin. Patinated, also dented on one part of the edge. It is uncertain whether this should be related to the early Medieval series of whorls or to Post-Medieval biconical whorls; moulded decor…
Created on: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Last updated: Sunday 14th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-5BC910
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
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Lead spindle whorl or gaming piece, probably of early medieval or medieval date (c. AD 750 - 1500). The object is cylindrical and perforated centrally. The upper face displays a web-like raised design formed of a line running along the centre of the face, transected at regular intervals by lines that run across the face. The object has a white patina. It is 23.78mm in diameter, 11.33mm in thickness and weighs 39.42g. The central perforation is 10.92mm in diameter. See NLM-A17211 for a comparable example; also: LANCUM-DD5E25.
Created on: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Last updated: Friday 12th July 2019
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Record ID: LANCUM-5B925F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cumbria
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Large lead spindle whorl of uncertain date (c. AD 43 - 1750). The spindle whorl has a domed upper face and a flat bottom face, the edges of which are angled upwards. It has been perforated centrally from the bottom face (as the hole is wider at this end).The object has a white patina. It is 38.87mm in diameter, 13.06mm in thickness and weighs 109.72g. The central perforation is 11.71mm in maximum diameter. Lead spindle whorls can be difficult to date without archaeological context. There is nothing indicative about this example that would allow it to be more precisely dated.
Created on: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Last updated: Friday 12th July 2019
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Record ID: LEIC-48CBB9
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
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Medieval lead alloy spindle whorl, 10mm thick, 26mm in diameter with a weight of 30.42g. The object is circular in form and bi-conical in cross section. It is decorated on both faces with raised rectangles, and has a central hole, 10mm in diameter.
Created on: Tuesday 9th July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 10th July 2019
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Record ID: NLM-486F6C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North East Lincolnshire
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Lead spindle whorl. Cast plano-convex whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 10.2mm and with a flattened circumferential rim of width 4mm around its upper edge, cf. Walton Rogers form A1. Patinated. The spindle hole size could admit an Anglo-Scandinavian date. A light nick across the flat upper surface on one side of the hole might be a tying notch. Abraded. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 850-1000 Diameter: 32.4mm, Thickness: 9.7mm, Weight: 48.33gms
Created on: Tuesday 9th July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barnoldby le Beck', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-340265
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
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A complete lead or lead alloy bi convex decorated spindle whorl, of probable Medieval dating (AD 1100 to AD 1450). The spindle whorl is sub circular in shape, and lentoid in section. The upper face has been decorated with a series of raised diagonal lines creating V shapes, with a raised circular pellet inside. The lower face is undecorated. The central hole is circular in shape and has been cast / set roughly centrally. It has a internal diameter of 8.7mm. The whorl measures 28.1 mm in diameter, and 13.6 mm thick. It weighs 50.0 g (1.76 oz). The whorl is of a light to mid grey colo…
Created on: Monday 8th July 2019
Last updated: Monday 8th July 2019
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Record ID: WMID-33E356
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
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An incomplete cast lead or lead alloy bi-convex decorated spindle whorl, of Medieval dating (1100 - 1450 AD). The spindle whorl is sub circular in plan, and lentoid in cross section. The upper face has been decorated with eight raised pellets, arranged in an approximate circular pattern. The lower face exhibits several raised diagonal lines, creating a star like design. A small raised rim is present around the edge of the spindle whorl. The central hole is circular in shape and has been cast approximately centrally. The internal diameter of the hole measures 10.3 mm wide. The whorl h…
Created on: Monday 8th July 2019
Last updated: Monday 8th July 2019
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Record ID: WMID-32EF74
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
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A complete lead or lead alloy biconvex spindle whorl, of probable Medieval dating (AD 1100 to AD 1500). The spindle whorl is sub-circular in plan, with a central, circular perforation extending vertically through the object (internal diameter 9.5 mm). The sides of the spindle whorl are slightly convex and have a repeating pattern of vertical grooves and ridges. There are four lozenge-shaped mouldings attached to the corners of the object; there is a pronounced seam around the girth of the object and is suggestive that it was manufactured by casting. The seam indicating a line between …
Created on: Monday 8th July 2019
Last updated: Monday 8th July 2019
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Record ID: NLM-C6E0F8
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North East Lincolnshire
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Lead spindle whorl. Cast biconical whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter c.12mm. Both sides bear decoration comprising closely spaced and moulded radial ribs; these appear crisper on one side, where a rim surrounds the central hole. A circumferential rim also marks where the two halves of the object meet. Distorted, probably by plough strike, and patinated. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1500-1600 Diameter: c.30mm, Thickness: 13.4mm, Weight: 34.57gms
Created on: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brigsley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-C6CA91
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North East Lincolnshire
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Pale limestone spindle whorl. A discoid cylindrical form with rounded edges, formerly to be described as bun-shaped, though this term is now decried for its imprecision, cf. Walton Rogers form B. A drilled aperture of diameter 9.4mm is set centrally. Abraded. The mass would make this suitable to spin a fine yarn. The spindle-hole size may indicate an Anglo-Scandinavian rather than an earlier date. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 850-1000 Diameter: 33.1mm, Thickness: 14.7mm, Weight: 20.72gms
Created on: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brigsley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-A17211
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Lead spindle whorl. Cast cylindrical whorl with a sunken upper surface and a central moulded aperture of diameter 10.3mm, probably Walton Rogers form B. The markedly concave upper surface bears a series of straight and intersecting lines, here interpreted as a runic inscription. Patinated. The size of aperture would admit an Anglo-Scandinavian date while the mass might suggest a primary function plying cord. The form appears more frequently from the 11th century onwards, albeit the concave surface is almost as unusual as the runic inscription. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 850-1050 …
Created on: Monday 1st July 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Claxby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-A01811
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North East Lincolnshire
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Lead spindle whorl. Cast cylindrical whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 8mm; Walton Rogers form B. The spindle hole size may admit a Middle Saxon date, though the form is also common slightly later. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 700-850 Diameter: 24.8mm, Thickness: 8.8mm, Weight: 34.17gms
Created on: Monday 1st July 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Laceby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-6230D5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
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A cast lead spindle whorl of early medieval date, The whorl is circular in plan, but is deformed by an old dent at one side, with a concave top and a flat bottom face and slightly sloping sides, and is white in colour. It is undecorated. It measures 19.8 to 21.5mm in diameter, is 10.8mm thick and has a slightly tapered central aperture of 8.2 - 8.8mm diameter. It weighs 25.8g. The whorl conforms to Walton Rogers form B, dating to 900-1100.
Created on: Friday 28th June 2019
Last updated: Monday 1st July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ibstock', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-4A4DB1
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Late Saxon to post-medieval annular lead spindle whorl, diameter 26.2 - 28mm, thickness 10.6mm, hole diameter 9.5 - 11mm, weight 51.42g, 11th - 16th century.
Created on: Thursday 27th June 2019
Last updated: Thursday 27th June 2019
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Record ID: NLM-37FE13
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Lead spindle whorl. Cast biconvex whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 11mm. A prominent circumferential rim marks the meeting of the two halves, and a flat area appears on either side around the hole. Dented, and subsequently densely patinated. This form is usually associated with decorated biconical whorls of early post-medieval date; this example, unusually, is plain. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1500-1600 Diameter: 27.7mm, Thickness: 15.5mm, Weight: 46.78gms
Created on: Wednesday 26th June 2019
Last updated: Thursday 27th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ulceby Cross', grid reference and parish protected.


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