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    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
    • Institution: NLM

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Record ID: NLM-6A38C5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
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Lead spindle whorl. Cast biconical whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 10mm. Moulded decoration comprises an irregularly formed star of six points - with an additional projecting line - and with single pellets occupying the compartments defined by these features. The other side bears a star ?of three points with three groups of three radial lines between them, and with fewer pellets occupying triangular fields thus defined. A prominent circumferential rim projects where the halves meet. The decoration is crisply defined if erratically drawn. Patinated. Suggested date: Pos…
Created on: Friday 16th August 2019
Last updated: Friday 16th August 2019
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NLM-2798BB
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl. Cast plano-convex whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 9-10mm, Walton Rogers form A1. Shrinkage lines around the hole on the flat surface suggest the object was cast in an open mould. The spindle size may hint at an Anglo-Scandinavian date, though this object was reported along with a similar example with a smaller, and possibly earlier style of, spindle hole. Patinated. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 700-1000 Diameter: 28mm, Thickness: 8.9mm, Weight: 22.56gms
Created on: Tuesday 13th August 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 13th August 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Gainsborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-27837A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl. Cast plano-convex whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 8.4mm, Walton Rogers form A1. Patinated. The spindle size might admit a Middle Saxon date. One of two similar objects reported as from the same location. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 700-850 Diameter: 28.5mm, Thickness: 9mm, Weight: 35.60gms
Created on: Tuesday 13th August 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 13th August 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Gainsborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-5E3C85
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: NLM-486F6C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: NLM-C6E0F8
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: NLM-37FE13
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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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Record ID: NLM-B50C3A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl. Cast biconical whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 11.5mm. There is a prominent circumferential rim where the two conical halves meet, but only scant indications of moulded decoration, possibly including radial lines and, where in better state, rectilinear compartments. These are highlighted by slight traces of blue colorant, but these appear over the densely patinated surface of the object, and may accordingly be recent. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1500-1600 Diameter: 29.0mm, Thickness: 11.8mm, Weight: 39.08gms
Created on: Thursday 20th June 2019
Last updated: Thursday 20th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Scawby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-761BDD
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl. Cast cylindrical whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter c.11mm, Walton Rogers form B. Patinated, and distorted by plough strike, possibly also at the time of discovery. The spindle hole size and form could be compatible with an Anglo-Scandinavian date. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 1000-1100 Diameter: c.27mm, Thickness: 8.7mm, Weight: 31.41gms
Created on: Monday 17th June 2019
Last updated: Monday 17th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Thirkleby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-760CCC
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl. Cast biconical whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 10.3mm. Moulded decoration appears on both sides: a series of alternating radial ribs and grooves on one side is well defined. A ring of pellets on the other is either differentially worn or, more likely, a casting using a mould made from a worn master. The spindle hole is blocked by compacted soil. Patinated. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1500-1600. Diameter: 28.2mm, Thickness: 12.5mm, Weight (with trapped soil): 36.44gms
Created on: Monday 17th June 2019
Last updated: Monday 17th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Thirkleby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-35101E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl. Cast biconical whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 9mm. Moulded decoration comprises a series of triangles, doubled on one side and singular on the other with pellets at the angles. The triangles are arranged so as to give the impression of a star. A prominent circumferential rim marks where the two halves meet. Lightly patinated. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1500-1600 Diameter: 28.1mm, Thickness: 14.0mm, Weight: 42.19gms
Created on: Friday 14th June 2019
Last updated: Friday 14th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Haxey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-659442
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead possible spindle whorl. Cast plano-convex whorl with a central moulded sub-rectangular aperture of length 12.2mm and width 10.3mm, cf. Walton Rogers form A1. Shrinkage lines on the flat face suggest the object was cast in an open mould. Patinated. This may be a whorl used with a spindle of deviant form, or a weight attached to an iron bar as a flywheel or weight, or even as a pommel weight on the tang of a knife - though both the latter uses might be expected to have left rusty residues unless the arrangement had been very short-lived. Or, the hole may have begun round and been su…
Created on: Tuesday 4th June 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 4th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Low Burnham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-655962
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead possible spindle whorl. Cast or miscast plano-convex whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 10mm, Walton Rogers form A1; a nick carried across the middle of this on the flat surface of the whorl and repeated as a deeper groove on the convex face may signal its conversion to use as a line weight with tying notch. The poor casting, resulting in a markedly asymmetrical form, might have dictated this 'reuse' from the start. Patinated. The spindle hole and form would be compatible with an Anglo-Scandinavian date. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 850-1000 Diameter (as found):…
Created on: Tuesday 4th June 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 4th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Low Burnham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-51C242
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl. Cast cylindrical whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 9.8mm, Walton Rogers form B. One flat side is plain, the other, probably the uppermost in an open mould given slight shrinkage lines, appears scalloped around its edge. Patinated. The form and spindle hole size could both point to an Anglo-Scandinavian date, but the unilateral decoration might rather relate this to early post-medieval whorls. Suggested date: Unknown, Early Medieval to Post-Medieval, 1000-1600 Diameter: 24.6mm, Thickness: 8.9mm, Weight: 28.74gms
Created on: Monday 3rd June 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 4th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Ranskill', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-FD189E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl. A small cast hemispherical whorl with a central moulded apereture of diameter 7.5mm, Walton Rogers form A1; patinated. The mass could suggest a primary function spinning a fine yarn, while the spindle-hole size would admit an Anglo-Saxon date. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 700-850 Diameter: 21.5mm, Thickness: 4.5mm, Weight: 10.68gms
Created on: Thursday 30th May 2019
Last updated: Friday 31st May 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ulceby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-E70A69
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pottery spindle whorl. Grey reduced fabric sandy fabric, probably made from a Roman Greyware base sherd. Flat-sided cylindrical discoid whorl with a central drilled aperture of diameter 8.1mm. The light material would make this object suitable for spinning a fine yarn, while the material and aperture size could commend either a Roman or Anglo-Saxon date. Chipped or nicked at one edge, and worn thereafter. Suggested date: Unknown, Late Roman to Early Medieval, 200-800 Diameter: 33.3mm, Thickness: 8.3mm, Weight: 11.45gms
Created on: Wednesday 29th May 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 29th May 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Burwell', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-ABC734
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead probable spindle whorl. Cast whorl with flat upper and lower faces, one larger than the other, facetted sides, and a central tapered moulded aperture of diameter 7.7-10.7mm; cf. Walton Rogers form A2. Patinated. The mass would permit this to have been used to spin a fine yarn. The spindle hole size might admit either a Middle Saxon or a Viking date. A comparable annular form is also known for medieval weights, but these are usually a little plainer. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 700-950. Diameter: 17.3mm, Thickness: 9.4mm, Weight: 11.59gms
Created on: Tuesday 14th May 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 14th May 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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