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    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
    • Primary material: Lead

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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
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Record ID: NLM-2798BB
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
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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
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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: WAW-80D3DE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Worcestershire
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Roman to Medieval (1st to 15th centuries) spindle whorl: A lead whorl which is circular in plan and in profile is D-sectioned with the base being flat. There is a central sub-circular perforation which is 7.55mm diameter. The surface is a light cream colour. It measures 25.09mm diameter and is 10.64mm thick. It weighs 26.77g. Spindle whorls, as an artefact type, can be hard to date accurately as they remained in use for a long period of time. The weight of the spindle whorl is suggestive of a thick wool thread being spun, as there is a direct relationship between the weight of the wh…
Created on: Monday 5th August 2019
Last updated: Monday 5th August 2019
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Record ID: LEIC-CA5D44
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Plain undecorated lead spindle whorl, probably of medieval date.The object is in fair condition, is 26mm in diameter and weighs 39.08g.
Created on: Saturday 27th July 2019
Last updated: Saturday 27th July 2019
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Record ID: NMS-5AB944
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval to post-medieval possible spindle whorl, crude, plano-convex, central perforation, diameter 31mm, weighing 71.15g, 2.51oz. 12th - 17th century.
Created on: Monday 22nd July 2019
Last updated: Monday 22nd July 2019
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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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: NMS-728874
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
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: LANCUM-5BC910
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: 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-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: PUBLIC-6230D5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
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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