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    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
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Record ID: ESS-7ED8E4
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
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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. Both surfaces are decorated with a 'starburst' pattern of triangular lines radiating from the central perforation. Seven raised pellets are also present on each face. The metal has a light brown-white patina and is worn. Lead spindle whorls were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post-medieval period and are difficult to date with any certainty. Decorated examples are thought to date to the medieval to…
Created on: Monday 18th December 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 19th December 2017
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Record ID: ESS-22505A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Possibly a lead spindle whorl dating to the Medieval period. The object is plano-convex with central hole. No decoration. Minor damage is visible on one side. Dimensions. Weight: 8.54g. Diameter: 18mm.
Created on: Friday 22nd July 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd August 2016
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Record ID: ESS-21E0D9
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete lead spindle whorl, probably dating AD1066-1500. The object is plano-convex with central hole. No decoration is visible. Dimensions. Weight: 28.75g. Diameter: 28mm.
Created on: Friday 22nd July 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd August 2016
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Record ID: ESS-7B406A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
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A Medieval lead alloy spindle whorl, dating AD1200-1500. The object is plano-convex with a central circular perforation, probably for suspension. There is a radiating design on the domed side, consisting of a series of lines running around the edge of the perforation and extending to the base of the object. It has a mid-light grey patina. Some similar examples have been recorded on the PAS database, cf. LANCUM-1B7F98. All tend to date from the 13th-15th century. Dimensions: diameter: 22.72 mm; height: 9.99 mm; weight: 20.42g.
Created on: Thursday 14th July 2016
Last updated: Friday 15th July 2016
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Record ID: ESS-63F6BE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Possible lead spindle whorl dating to the Medieval-Post Medieval period. It is flat plano convex in shape with a central hole. It weighs 6.78g, 19mm diameter A similar weights are recorded on the database NLM-CBDF77
Created on: Wednesday 13th January 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 16th March 2016
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Record ID: ESS-958149
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Lead object, possibly a loom weight, most likely dating to the Medieval period. It is circular in shape with a central perforation measuring 11.09mm diameter. It is undecorated. The metal is a light grey colour with a white patina. The edge is slightly worn in places. It is 43.08 grams, 22.56mm diameter, 11.68mm thickness, 11.09mm diameter (hole)
Created on: Wednesday 16th September 2015
Last updated: Monday 12th October 2015
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Record ID: ESS-A77E33
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Thurrock
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead spindle whorl or weight of uncertain date. The object is ovular and plano-convex. It has a circular central perforation measuring 4.32mm in diameter. The object is undecorated but has traces of a possible rim around the perforation and may have original been a different shape though has become misshapen through wear. The object has a white patina with traces of the mid-grey metal visible underneath damage. A similar object was recorded close to where this object was found ESS-D59F95 and was recorded as possible spindle whorl or weight. It is also possible this object is a le…
Created on: Tuesday 31st March 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 31st March 2015
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Record ID: ESS-D863B3
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete, lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of uncertain date. The object is circular in plan, plano-convex and with an uneven central perforation running through it. It is undecorated with a mid-gray colouration. It measures 30.0mm in diameter, 14.0mm in height and weighs 44.75g. Lead spindle whorls and weights were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post-medieval period and are difficult to date with any certainty without supporting archaeological context. The function of such objects is also difficult to determine as the forms are common and may have served as spi…
Created on: Monday 8th September 2014
Last updated: Thursday 2nd October 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Much Hadham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: ESS-884FB0
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete, lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of uncertain date. The object is circular in plan, plano-convex and with an uneven central perforation running through it. It is undecorated with a mid-gray colouration. It measures 25.6mm in diameter, 10.8mm in height and weighs 28.43g. Lead spindle whorls and weights were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post-medieval period and are difficult to date with any certainty without supporting archaeological context. The function of such objects is also difficult to determine as the forms are common and may have served as spi…
Created on: Friday 30th May 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 18th June 2014
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Record ID: ESS-884397
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete, lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of uncertain date. The object is circular in plan, plano-convex and with an even central perforation running through it. It is undecorated and with a light white colouration. It measures 23.0mm in diameter, 10.8mm in height and weighs 32.93g. Lead spindle whorls and weights were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post-medieval period and are difficult to date with any certainty without supporting archaeological context. The function of such objects is also difficult to determine as the forms are common and may have served …
Created on: Friday 30th May 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 18th June 2014
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Record ID: ESS-48C441Z
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead spindle whorl of uncertain date, although probably dating to the Medieval or Post Medieval periods. The whorl is broadly circular in plan with an irregular, central circular hole. There are traces of decoration on the upper surface, now very worn and difficult to discern. It measures 4.8mm in thickness, 18.1mm in diameter and weighs 6.99g. Lead spindle whorls and weights were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post-medieval period and are difficult to date with any certainty without supporting archaeological context. It is thought however that decorat…
Created on: Monday 3rd March 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 20th May 2014
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Record ID: ESS-208D74
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead spindle whorl, dating from the Medieval to Post Medieval periods The spindle whorl is circular with a central circular perforation running through it. Both faces appear to be undecorated. The metal is a mid beige colour and is very worn. It measures is 29.8mm in diameter, 11.8mm thick and weighs 48.45g. Lead spindle whorls were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post-medieval period and are difficult to date with any certainty. Decorated examples are thought to date to the medieval to post-medieval periods while undecorated examples cannot be securel…
Created on: Tuesday 12th November 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 11th March 2014
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Record ID: ESS-E8F522
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A ceramic spindle whorl dating from the Roman to Medieva periods (43 - 1500 AD). The spindle whorl is flat and sub circular with a circular hole through the centre. The whorl has been formed from a fine white paste sherd. It measures 32mm in diameter. Spindle whorls were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the Post Medieval period which makes them difficult to date without contextual evidence. This spindle whorl appears to have been made from a piece of Roman pottery and so a slightly shorter date range has been suggested.
Created on: Wednesday 16th October 2013
Last updated: Friday 13th June 2014
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Record ID: ESS-867BF7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead alloy spindle whorl or loom weight of uncertain date. The object is roughly circular in plan with a slightly off-centre circular perforation. The object is a buff coloured patina with an uneven surface where traces of grey are visible. It measures 28.2mm in diameter, 7.7mm thick and weighs 34.37g. Lead spindle whorls were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the Post Medieval period and although ring shaped loom weights tend to date to the early-medieval period, due to the lack of contextual evidence this can not be ascertained for certain. Decorated example…
Created on: Thursday 5th September 2013
Last updated: Monday 16th September 2013
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Record ID: ESS-D59F95
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Thurrock
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast lead spindle whorl or weight of uncertain date. The object is circular in plan and 'D' shaped in section with a flat base and rounded top and sides. It has a wide broadly circular central perforation measuring 11.1mm in diameter. The object is undecorated but is marked with several pits and abrasions, likely from its time in the ground. The surface is pale cream in colour with a darker grey in the surface damage. The whole object is worn and measures 26.5mm in diameter, 9.03mm in thickness and weighs 25.49g. Lead spindle whorls and weights were commonly used from th…
Created on: Wednesday 9th January 2013
Last updated: Monday 21st January 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Stanford Le Hope', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: ESS-13DFE6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Thurrock
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl probably dating to the Medieval period. The object is sub-circular in plan with a domed upper face and a flat rear face. At the centre, a vertical circular perforation has an internal diameter of approximately 10.3mm. The upper face is decorated with four raised lines radiating from the centre with a raised pellet in each compartment. The flat rear face is undecorated. The upper face of the spindle whorl is worn and rear face is chipped. The object has a light, white patina. Similar examples of spindle whorls have been found in contexts…
Created on: Wednesday 31st October 2012
Last updated: Monday 5th November 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Stanford le Hope Parish', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: ESS-C966D1
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval to Post Medieval cast lead spindle whorl. It is bi-conical with a central circular perforation. THe upper and lower surfaces are decorated with slightly curved lines forming a lozenge around the central perforation. There is a pellet in each internal angle of the lozenge and on the outside edge of each side of the lozenge. It is 25.04mm in diameter, 13.45mm thick and weighs 30 grams. The circular perforation has a diameter of 11.31mm.
Created on: Monday 5th December 2011
Last updated: Monday 9th January 2012
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Record ID: ESS-457417
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An lead weight or spindle whorl, dating from the Roman to Medieval period.  It is circular in plan and has a small central aperture. The surface is very uneven. Weight 10.75g, diameter 19mm.
Created on: Tuesday 13th April 2010
Last updated: Monday 7th June 2010
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Record ID: ESS-455CF6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An lead weight or spindle whorl of Roman to Medieval date. The underside of the object is flat and the top is rounded and uneven. There is a central aperture. It weighs 27.00g and its diameter is 28mm.
Created on: Tuesday 13th April 2010
Last updated: Monday 7th June 2010
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Record ID: ESS-5F38D5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval (1300-1500AD) cast lead spindle whorl. It is circular in plan with a diameter of 23.19mm and has a central perforation measuring 7.21mm in diameter. It has a sub-triangular cross section. The upper surface has moulded decoration which is now worn. It is 8.32mm thick and weighs 25.13 grams.
Created on: Thursday 7th January 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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