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Record ID: NARC-9C152B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
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A complete lead alloy Spindle Whorl of Medieval date (AD1066-1550). The object is bi-conical with a central, irregular, sub-circular perforation. There is no evidence of a decorative pattern. There are some linear indentations on both surfaces, probably caused by post-depositional processes. The metal is a light grey/cream in colour with a slightly pitted patina. Diameter: 32.46mm, Diameter (perforation): 9.17mm, Thickness: 11.35mm, Weight: 48.3g.
Created on: Thursday 25th July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 31st July 2019
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Record ID: NARC-9F7737
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
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A complete lead or lead alloy Spindle Whorl of Medieval date (AD 1340-1550). The object is a bi-conical whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 11.38mm. Both sides bear moulded decoration comprising radial lines in the shape on an X with 3 pellets between the lines. The other side appears the same but the pattern is more worn. It is patinated with light damage to the edge of the hole on one side. Diameter: 33.72mm, Thickness: 14.51mm, Weight: 46.6gms
Created on: Monday 1st July 2019
Last updated: Friday 16th August 2019
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Record ID: NARC-440EEC
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
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A complete lead alloy Spindle Whorl of Medieval date (AD 1066-1550). The object is bi-conical with a central sub-circular perforation. There is no evidence of a decorative pattern. The metal is a light cream in colour with a slightly pitted patina. Diameter: 28.90mm, Diameter (perforation): 8.06mm, Thickness: 11.85mm, Weight: 45.4g.
Created on: Thursday 10th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 11th May 2018
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Record ID: NARC-8E3B19
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead alloy Spindle Whorl of Medieval date (AD 1100-1500). The object is flat with a central circular perforation. The object is decorated on one face with a moulded raised radiating linear pattern. The pattern consists of six pairs of radiating lines with a pellet between each pair on the outer edge. Spindle whorls have reportedly been found in contexts dated from the Roman through to the Post-Medieval period although the majority of the decorated types are typically dated broadly to the medieval period c.1100-1500. Diameter: 30.39mm, Internal Diameter: 10.77mm, Thicknes…
Created on: Monday 26th March 2018
Last updated: Monday 26th March 2018
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Record ID: NARC-951EB1
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead alloy Spindle Whorl of Medieval date (AD 1300-1400). The object is circular in plan and bi-conical in section. There is a central, circular perforating hole (Diameter: 9.98mm) with a raised lip on both the upper and lower face. The object is decorated on each face with an integral, raised linear design. One face has repeating zigzags creating triangular enclosures. The other face has a repeating saltire design within the central portion which creates an upper and lower triangular enclosure with a pellet above, between each and a lentoid line below each. The metal …
Created on: Friday 1st September 2017
Last updated: Friday 1st September 2017
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Record ID: NARC-7CEA14
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead bi-conical spindlewhorl with raised line and pellet decoration. The decoration is very worn, suggesting a long period of use. This whorl is of a type given a broad medieval date (1066 - 1499) but are likley to be most commonly used in the 14th to 15th centuries.
Created on: Thursday 17th July 2014
Last updated: Thursday 16th October 2014
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Record ID: NARC-921CD3
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead bi-conical decorated spindle whorl. One side is decorated with a series of diagonal lines giving a zig-zag effect. The other side has an irregular series of intersecting horizontal, diagonal and vertical lines. The spindle whorl as a whole is 33mm in diameter and 10mm thick, but the edges are distorted.
Created on: Monday 12th August 2013
Last updated: Monday 12th August 2013
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Record ID: NARC-9202E6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A damaged cast lead bi-conical decorated spindle whorl. One side is decorated with a series of vertical lines and pellets. The other side has an irregular series of intersecting horizontal, diagonal and vertical lines. The spindle whorl as a whole is 30mm in diameter and 4.5mm thick, but the edges are distorted.
Created on: Monday 12th August 2013
Last updated: Monday 12th August 2013
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Record ID: NARC-91DE26
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead bi-conical decorated spindle whorl. One side is decorated with a series of vertical lines and pellets. The other side has an irregular series of intersecting horizontal, diagonal and vertical lines. The central hole is 9mm i diameter. the spindle whorl as a whole is 28mm in diameter.
Created on: Monday 12th August 2013
Last updated: Monday 12th August 2013
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Record ID: NARC-506AE1
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead spindle whorl, probably dating from the late medieval to early post medieval period (c AD 1300-1600). It is bi-conical, with a circular, slightly off centre perforation. The perforation measures 10.4mm in diameter. There is a raised casting seam/band around the circumference. Both sides are decorated, with a series of lines and occasional criss-crosses running vertically from the perforation edges to the casting seam. The object is in fair condition and has an off-white to cream patina. Similar examples of spindle whorls have been found in contexts from the Roman …
Created on: Thursday 16th May 2013
Last updated: Thursday 16th May 2013
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Record ID: NARC-776D67
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An undecorated plano-convex lead weight or spindle whorl, possibly of medieval or post-medieval date.
Created on: Tuesday 11th December 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 11th December 2012
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Record ID: NARC-BE7796
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Bedford
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead spindle whorl dating to the Medieval period, (1100-1500). The object is circular in plan and bi-conical. The object has a central circular perforation with an internal diameter of 11mm. The faces of the object are decorated with a series raised dots and lines which radiate out from the central perforation. A series of pellets are interspersed with the ridges. One face of the object has been damaged, resulting in the central hole being closed over. The object has a dark grey patina. Similar examples of spindle whorls have reportedly been found in contexts dated from …
Created on: Friday 3rd February 2012
Last updated: Friday 3rd February 2012
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Record ID: NARC-4EB943
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead spindle whorl dating to the Late Medieval period. The spindle whorl is bioconical and decorated with raised dots alternating with transverse lines. There are also some lettering among the transverse lines, with a T and and A visible. There is a circular central perforation. The metal is dark grey. The object weighs 53.75g, measures 33mm in diameter and is 13mm thick. For a parallel see Griffiths, D., Philpott. and Egan, G., (2007). Meols. The Archaeology of the North West Wirral Coast Oxford : Oxford University School of Archaeology, 174.
Created on: Thursday 17th November 2011
Last updated: Friday 22nd June 2012
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Record ID: NARC-4EAFB8
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead spindle whorl dating to the Late Medieval period. One side of the spindle whorl is bioconical and decorated with raised dots alternating with transverse lines. The other side of the spindle whorl has small blundered lettering around the outer edge, and raised dots around the inner edge. There is a circular central perforation. The metal is dark grey. The object weighs 49.19g, measures 30mmin diameter and is 13mm thick. For a parallel see Griffiths, D., Philpott. and Egan, G., (2007). Meols. The Archaeology of the North West Wirral Coast Oxford : Oxford University School of Arch…
Created on: Thursday 17th November 2011
Last updated: Friday 22nd June 2012
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Record ID: NARC-326442
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead spindle whorl dating to the Late Medieval period. The spindle whorl is plano-convex and undecorated. There is a circular central perforation 10mm in diameter. The central hole has wear marks through use. The metal is white with some darker patches. For a parrallel see Griffiths, D., Philpott. and Egan, G., (2007). Meols. The Archaeology of the North West Wirral Coast Oxford : Oxford University School of Archaeology, 174: no. 2175-77.
Created on: Monday 10th October 2011
Last updated: Monday 10th October 2011
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Record ID: NARC-1D84A0
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl. Medieval period. It bi-conical with a thickened median ridge. Both faces are decorated with a sequence of raised dots and lines. 26mm in diameter and 12mm thick. The central hole is 10mm in diameter. This is a common type of spindle whorl, although few have been found in dated contexts. A medieval date of 1300 - 1500 is usually suggested.
Created on: Tuesday 27th September 2011
Last updated: Thursday 1st December 2011
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Record ID: NARC-A16AE1
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl from Roman to Post-Medieval in date. The undecorated conical spindle whorl has a flat top and flat base. The edges are rounded. Flat edges give the whorl an almost square appearance in plan. The whorl also has an off-centre circular perforationmeasuring 7.1mm in diameter. A triangular depression on the underside is through use. The spindle whorl has a creamy light white patina. Spindle whorls and weights were cast throughout the Roman period to the Post-Medieval period and are hard to date precisely. Also compare PAS record ID: SOM-64B0D8.
Created on: Wednesday 21st September 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 28th September 2011
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Record ID: NARC-E49382
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl. Medieval period. It bi-conical with a thickened median ridge. Both faces are decorated with raised dots and lines. This is a common type of spindle whorl, although few have been found in dated contexts. A medieval date of 1300 - 1500 is usually suggested.
Created on: Tuesday 7th June 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 8th June 2011
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Record ID: NARC-482A23
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead plano-convex spindle whorl. The spindle whorl is 30.1 mm in diameter with a central perforation that is 10 mm in diameter. The whorl is decorated with two lines of circular dots in relief, one line around the central perforation, the other around the external edge. On the other side decoration consists of a four pointed star, also in relief, formed around the perforation. In the external angle formed by each point of the star are one or two ridges; the decoration is not consistent. It has been noted that the weight of a spindle whorl is demonstrative of the thickness of yarn pro…
Created on: Wednesday 6th January 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Coleshill area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NARC-30FDC4
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead spindle whorl of unusual type, being of a fairly typical plano-convex shape except with four lugs extending from the centre. These lugs are not evenly distributed around the sub-circular centre, but occur in pairs opposite each other. It is unclear whether these lugs are functional or decorative although they do have moulded ribs for decoration. Other decoration on the centre of the object also includes moulded ribs and dots, although the spindle whorl is worn and making out a discernible pattern is not easy. The decoration appears to take the form of moulded triangles form…
Created on: Tuesday 5th January 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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