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    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
    • Primary material: Lead Alloy
    • Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL

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Record ID: LANCUM-B72B4A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Post Medieval cast lead alloy spindle whorl. It has raised decoration on both faces. On the first face this takes the form of three debased letter, possibly THC, with a cross or quatrefoil to the left, and a symbol of the Trinity or trefoil to the right. Between these and opposite the lettering is a stylised heart. On the other face, a W has a pellet surrounded by a border to the left and a stylised clover leaf or trefoil to the right. As with the other face, there is a heart opposite the lettering. The style of the W suggests a Post Medieval date. The combination of letters, probably …
Created on: Friday 13th September 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 17th September 2019
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Record ID: SUR-E7BDCE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
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A cast lead alloy biconical spindle whorl or 25mm diameter with a central moulded aperture of 6.0mm diameter. There is no visible decoration. Post-medieval and circa 1500-1600.
Created on: Thursday 22nd August 2019
Last updated: Friday 23rd August 2019
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Record ID: SUR-8AFBE2
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Surrey
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A complete lead-alloy spindle whorl of Medieval to Post-Medieval date. The spindle whorl is annular or barrel shaped with a central hole of 8.7mm diameter. The upper face is decorated with a moulded square crossed by flanking lines which may be represent an eight-pointed star, a device known from post medieval spindle whorls (eg YORYM-D5D756).
Created on: Tuesday 18th June 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 18th June 2019
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Record ID: HESH-FAD3AE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
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A cast lead or lead alloy bi-convex decorated spindle whorl of Roman to Post Medieval date (1 - 1650 AD); most probably medieval date (AD 1300-1550). The spindle whorl is circular in plan and bi-convex in profile. Both faces have a cast ridge around the internal and external edges. The central hole is broadly circular and has been cast / set off centre; it has an internal diameter of 6.41mm. The upper and lower faces are decorated with radiating ribs, extending from the hole to the external edge with single raised pellets between each rib; this pattern is majorly dented and therefore t…
Created on: Tuesday 11th June 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 19th June 2019
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Record ID: YORYM-5D6082
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: York
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A complete lead alloy spindle whorl, dating from the medieval to post medieval periods (c.AD 1200-1800). The spindle whorl is oval in plan and D-shaped in cross section, with possible raised decoration on the curved side, but is now very worn. A rectangular aperture is situated at the centre. A light brown patina is on the surface. The spindle whorl is very worn, with corosion and surface loss inside. The spindle whorl measures 24.97mm in diameter, 10.20mm in thickness, the perforation measures 8.69mm in length, 5.99 in width and weighs 17.90g.
Created on: Monday 22nd January 2018
Last updated: Monday 22nd January 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-5D1D2A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: York
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead alloy spindle whorl, dating from the medieval to post medieval periods (c.AD 1200-1800). The spindle whorl is bi-conical with raised decoration in the form of pellets on both sides. It is almost worn smooth on one side. A wide aperture is situated at the centre. A light brown patina is on the surface. The spindle whorl measures 27.52mm in diameter, 11.89mm in thickness, the perforation measures 11.08mm in diameter, and weighs 31.34g.
Created on: Monday 22nd January 2018
Last updated: Monday 22nd January 2018
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Record ID: LVPL-750DDA
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Warrington
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl of medieval to post medieval date. The object is oval in plan and slightly conical. In the centre of the object the perforation has an internal diameter of 9mm. Each face is undecorated. The object has a light brown patina. Dimensions: 29mm in length, 28mm in width, 5mm thick, 22.60g. Spindle whorls have reportedly been found in contexts dated from the Roman through to the Post-Medieval period although the majority are typically dated broadly to the medieval period c.1100-1500.
Created on: Thursday 11th January 2018
Last updated: Thursday 11th January 2018
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Record ID: ESS-7ED8E4
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: YORYM-C9AB71
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead alloy spindle whorl, dating from the medieval to post medieval periods (c.AD 1200-1800). The spindle whorl is bi-conical with raised decoration on both sides. On one side it comprises 4 crosses spaced evenly around the central perforation, each interspersed by four pellets. The decoration on the other face is linear in nature but is too worn to discern clearly. The spindle whorl measures 29.01mm in diameter, 10.24mm in thickness, the perforation measures 9.60mm in diameter, and the objects weighs 30.41g.
Created on: Monday 17th July 2017
Last updated: Thursday 3rd August 2017
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Record ID: WMID-B214E4
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire East
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl of Medieval to Post-Medieval date, circa (AD 1100-1600). In plan the spindle whorl is sub-circular and in profile is bi-convex. There is a central sub-circular perforation which is 7.75 mm in diameter. Both faces have been decorated with an irregular design in light relief. the pattern includes a heart form, pellets and possible letters. Some of the original detail has been worn. The surface of the spindle whorl has a brown coloured smooth patina. There are many spindle whorls recorded on the database, (WMID-B20F07) was discovered nearby and has similar d…
Created on: Monday 20th February 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 21st February 2017
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Record ID: WMID-B20F07
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire East
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl of Medieval to Post-Medieval date, circa (AD 1100-1600). In plan the spindle whorl is sub-circular and in profile is bi-convex. There is a central sub-circular perforation which is 8.22 mm in diameter. Both faces have been decorated with an irregular design in light relief. the pattern includes a heart form, pellets and possible letters. Some of the original detail has been worn. The surface of the spindle whorl has a cream coloured patina. There are many spindle whorls recorded on the database, (WMID-B214E4 was discovered nearby and has similar decoratio…
Created on: Monday 20th February 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 21st February 2017
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Record ID: WMID-B1E7B8
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire East
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl of Medieval to Post-Medieval date, circa (AD 1100-1600). In plan the spindle whorl is sub-circular and in profile is bi-convex. There is a central sub-circular perforation which is 9.03mm in diameter. One face has been decorated with a raised cast design consisting of a repeating pattern of radiating ribs with pellets in between, although the original detail is now very worn. The opposing face has a circumferential rib in light relief, again the surfaces have been worn. The surface of the spindle whorl has a cream to grey in coloured patina. There are man…
Created on: Monday 20th February 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 21st February 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-A8EC93
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead alloy spindle whorl, probably dating from the late medieval to early post medieval period (c AD 1300-1600). It is bi-conical, with a circular perforation. The perforation has an internal diameter of 8mm. The whorl is sub-hexagonal in section. The object is very worn but appears to have had moulded decoration originally. Traces of a band of rings and dots can been seen on one of the faces. The object is in fair condition and has a greyish/white patina. The diameter is 25mm, thickness 20mm and the weight 50.12g. Similar examples of spindle whorls have been found in con…
Created on: Tuesday 27th September 2016
Last updated: Monday 28th November 2016
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Record ID: PUBLIC-F565F4
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval to Post Medieval lead spindle whorl dating from AD1450-1600. The spindle whorl is a cast biconvex, with a central moulded aperture of diameter 10.5mm. Radial lines and a circumferential rib divide each side into a neat reticulate arrangement of sub-rectangular compartments, with a thick rim separating the two sides. As is often the case, the decoration is markedly crisper on one side. The mass may suggest the primary function of this whorl was to spin cord. Dimensions: diameter: 28.36mm; thickness: 9.26mm; weight: 56.68g.
Created on: Wednesday 20th July 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 17th October 2018
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Record ID: DUR-EA01C4
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Northumberland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead Weight/Spindle whorl of dating from the Roman to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 43-1550). The object is cylindrical in shape with a central circular perforation through it. There is no apparent decoration on any side. There is a significant pit on one side cause pre or post deposition. Helen Geake writes: "Dating of lead whorls is difficult. The drop spindle with which they were used continued in use until the end of the medieval period in London and Winchester (Egan 1998, "The Medieval Household: Daily Living c1150 - c1450"; and Biddle, 1990, "Object and Economy i…
Created on: Wednesday 1st June 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 1st June 2016
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Record ID: DUR-E9F245
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Northumberland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead Weight/Spindle whorl dating from the Roman to the Post-Medieval period (c. AD 43-1550). The object is smooth and flat with a central circular perforation running through it. There does not appear to be any decoration on either side of the object. There is some significant pitting on the surface, possibly indicating post-depositional damage. Helen Geake writes: "Dating of lead whorls is difficult. The drop spindle with which they were used continued in use until the end of the medieval period in London and Winchester (Egan 1998, "The Medieval Household: Daily Living …
Created on: Wednesday 1st June 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 1st June 2016
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Record ID: DUR-DB381E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Northumberland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
lead Spindle Whorl dating from the Roman to the Post-Medieval period (AD 43-1550). The object is conical with a central perforation running through it. There is no apparent decoration on either surface. Helen Geake writes: "Dating of lead whorls is difficult. The drop spindle with which they were used continued in use until the end of the medieval period in London and Winchester (Egan 1998, "The Medieval Household: Daily Living c1150 - c1450"; and Biddle, 1990, "Object and Economy in Medieval Winchester"), and for perhaps a century longer in Norfolk (Margeson, 1993, "Norwich Househ…
Created on: Tuesday 31st May 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 1st June 2016
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Record ID: DUR-DB0993
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Northumberland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead Spindle Whorl dating from the Roman to the Post-Medieval period ( AD 43-1800). The object is circular and flat with a single circular perforation running through the object. There is no indication of a decorative pattern on either face of the object. Helen Geake writes: "Dating of lead whorls is difficult. The drop spindle with which they were used continued in use until the end of the medieval period in London and Winchester (Egan 1998, "The Medieval Household: Daily Living c1150 - c1450"; and Biddle, 1990, "Object and Economy in Medieval Winchester"), and for perh…
Created on: Tuesday 31st May 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 1st June 2016
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Record ID: NLM-0C4359
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 11.4mm. One side bears traces of a prominent ring around the aperture, and a circumferential rim also enjoys partial survival. The object is partly melted, with resultant loss of other surface detail. Lightly patinated. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1500-1600, Diameter (clear of melt): 31.5mm, Thickness: 12.8mm, Weight: 45.28gms.
Created on: Thursday 21st January 2016
Last updated: Thursday 21st January 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Legbourne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-2C0FBF
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl Medieval to Post Medieval date (1100 - 1650 AD), most probably later medieval (1300-1600 AD). The spindle whorl is broadly circular in plan and bi-convex in section; it has a wide broad rim / cast ridge running around its outer edge. The central hole is circular and has been cast / set off centre; it has an internal diameter of 10.4mm. There is an irregular sub-triangular depression most probably a casting flaw in the internal side wall of the hole. The upper and lower surfaces of the whorl are decorated although this detail is difficult to clari…
Created on: Friday 11th September 2015
Last updated: Friday 19th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Much Wenlock', grid reference and parish protected.


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