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    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
    • Primary material: Lead Alloy
    • Institution: PUBLIC

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Record ID: PUBLIC-57F7CB
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire East
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A lead alloy spindle whorl or weight. Early to late medeival. The Spindle Whorl is biconical in cross section and decorated on both sides. On side is a double lined, five pointed star, or five double lined cheverons, both internal and external Interstices have a pellet. The other face is an eleven pointed star with a pellet on each of the external points. The spindle whorl is the very light brown colour of old lead. The outside diameter varies between 27.5 mm and 29.03mm. The internal diameter varies between 9.33mm and 10.05mm. the thickness is 9.1 mm, the weight is 35.33g.. Similar a…
Created on: Monday 3rd December 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 5th March 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Scholar Green', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-EF3D81
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead-alloy spindle whorl dating to the medieval period. Description: The whorl is unevenly cast and cylindrical with flat sides and a central moulded aperture of diameter 10.65mm. One face is slightly domed and the opposite face is concave with a moulded pattern of five, straight, raised lines, overlapping at their ends to create a pentagon. The lead-alloy has started to decay and delaminate and there are areas of lost material. Measurements: Diameter 30.65mm: Thickness 8.09mm: Weight: 30.42g.
Created on: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Last updated: Monday 5th November 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-24E5E5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
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A lead spindle whorl of probable medieval date due to material and style of decoration. The shape is biconical discoid with embossed line pattern on both sides albeit one side is very worn and not much trace of the decoration exists. The central spaces devoid of decoration, reaching from the inner hole to the outer rim. The object has a dark grey patina with the odd white speckle. Outer diametre measures approx. 25mm. Weight is 37.06g. Similar records are LVPL-AE718C and DUR-57D212.
Created on: Tuesday 26th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd July 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-67C0CA
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
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Medieval, cast, lead alloy biconvex spindle whorl. Both faces are decorated but one is damaged and worn, therefore difficult to interpret, but seems similar to the other face. There is a raised line around the outer edge and each face has a raised zigzag line forming a six pointed star. However, the pattern is disrupted by another raised line running through the pattern. Each triangle formed by the zigzag contains from one to three pellets. Diameter 33mm Weight 35.31g Central hole max diameter 9.8mm.
Created on: Saturday 23rd September 2017
Last updated: Friday 2nd February 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-FE0C5F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A decorated lead alloy spindle whorl. It is biconvex in side view. Both sides have have six large pellets with a raised line in between. The design appears to have been cast. The central hole is oval (max diameter12.3mm). The whorl is slightly oval in plan indicating that it may have been distorted at some point. The patina is a light grey. Date is probably Medieval, the form matches Walton Rogers Class C, which she dates to 1100 onwards. Diameter oval 29/25.5mm Thickness 8.8mm Weight 30.43g
Created on: Monday 18th September 2017
Last updated: Sunday 21st January 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-587898
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead spindle whorl of uncertain date, though probably belonging to the medieval or post-medieval period, c.1066-1700). It has one flat surface 24.6mm in diameter and a convex sloping wall. The central hole is 7.5mm.. The whorl has a well developed white patina with some later damage.
Created on: Wednesday 24th May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 24th May 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-DB5CE1
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl of medieval to post-medieval date. The object is circular in plan and bi-conical in cross section. In the centre of the object is a circular perforation 11mm in diameter. On one face of the object the worn remains of raised line decoration is visible. The spindle whorl has a light grey/white patina. Similar examples of 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 18th May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 21st June 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-DB16E6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl of medieval date. The object is circular in plan and bi-conical in cross section with a central circular perforation 10mm in diameter. Each face is worn with no visible decoration. The object has a mid-white patina and is worn. Similar to record NLM-629B6D.
Created on: Thursday 18th May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 21st June 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-C485DD
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval lead spindle whorl, circular in shape and domed with a flat base. A central perforation runs through the object, around 11mm in diameter. There is no decoration.
Created on: Wednesday 17th May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 24th May 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-C8A481
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval cast lead-alloy spindle whorl. The whorl is biconical in shape and is undecorated. The central hole has an internal diameter of 9mm. Dimensions: Diameter - 36mm; Thickness - 10mm; Weight: 37.89 g
Created on: Friday 5th May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 28th February 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-6E691B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A damaged, (squashed, lead spindle whorl of Medieval date (AD 1200-1550). The object is circular and in profile is sub bi-convex, there is a single, central circular perforation running through running through the object.The perforation was extended either end by a raised lip. Both sides are decorated by a raised pattern. All this being now blurred. 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 -…
Created on: Wednesday 1st March 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 4th April 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-B270A7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete but worn lead Spindle Whorl of Medieval date (AD 1200-1550). The object is circular and in profile is sub bi-convex, there is a single, central circular perforation running through running through the object. (8.4mm in diameter.)The perforation is extended either end by a raised lip. Both sides are decorated by a raised pattern. 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 …
Created on: Wednesday 8th February 2017
Last updated: Thursday 16th March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Caistor area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-8BA8A1
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead Spindle Whorl of Medieval date (AD 1200-1550). The object is circular and in profile is sub bi-convex, there is a single, central circular perforation running through running through the object. (9.9mm in diameter.) The perforation is extended either end by a raised lip which has been damaged. Both sides are decorated by a raised pattern. 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 c1…
Created on: Wednesday 25th January 2017
Last updated: Friday 2nd June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near North Ormsby', grid reference and parish protected.


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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: PUBLIC-1EC0E4
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead Spindle Whorl of Medieval date (AD 1200-1550). The object is circular and in profile is sub bi-convex, there is a single, central circular perforation running through running through the object. (9.9mm in diameter.) One side is decorated by a swirling pattern, and the other has no discernable pattern although it has some worn markings. There is damage to the outer central rim. 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, "…
Created on: Thursday 28th April 2016
Last updated: Monday 11th July 2016
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Record ID: PUBLIC-102414
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A decorated lead alloy spindle whorl. It is biconvex in side view. One side has a raised zigzag line forming a five pointed star. The other side is decorated with an irregular web like design, again of raised lines. The design appears to have been cast. The central hole is circular, with no marks indicating use. The patina is a yellowish white. Date could be Roman to Post Medieval, most likely late medieval. Diameter 34.6mm Central hole 9.9mm Thickness 13.6mm Weight 71.44g
Created on: Wednesday 27th April 2016
Last updated: Monday 4th July 2016
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Record ID: PUBLIC-8B1F83
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead Spindle Whorl of Medieval date (AD 1200-1550). The object is circular and in profile is sub bi-convex, there is a single, central circular perforation running through running through the object. (9.9mm in diameter.)The perforation is extended either end by a raised lip. Both sides are decorated by a raised pattern. 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…
Created on: Thursday 21st April 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 27th April 2016
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Record ID: PUBLIC-F1EF6E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete but damaged lead spindle whorl of medieval to post-medieval date. The spindle whorl is bi-conical with a central perforation running through it. The surface is damaged. The metal is a mid-creamy-white colour and is very worn. The spindle whorl is 27.2mm in diameter, 8.9mm thick and weighs 30.1g. The perforation is 9.9mm in diameter. Lead spindle whorls were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post-medieval period and are difficult to date with any certainty.
Created on: Thursday 25th February 2016
Last updated: Monday 3rd October 2016
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Record ID: PUBLIC-928BB7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead or lead alloy convex spindle whorl or weight, of Roman to Post Medieval dating (AD 43 - AD 1650). The spindle whorl is sub circular in shape, and D shaped in cross section. The circular perforation has been cast slightly off centre. The internal diameter of the hole measures 7.1 mm wide. The upper face is domed and the lower face is flat and are of an uneven size. The colour is a pale cream to white and is of an even patina. and there are no traces of decoration present. The lower face has some grooves etched into the surface but it is difficult to say whether these…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd November 2015
Last updated: Friday 14th October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Adforton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-91D5CD
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead alloy spindle whorl of medieval to post-medieval date. The spindle whorl is bi-conical with a central perforation running through it. Both surfaces are decorated with irregularly spaced and orientated raised lines radiating out from the perforation; this design is sometimes known as a sun / star burst. The whorl is a cream-brown colour and is worn. The spindle whorl is 27.8mm in diameter, 12.1mm thick and weighs 40.6g. The perforation is 7.9mm in diameter. Lead spindle whorls were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post-medieval period and are difficu…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd November 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 4th November 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Much Wenlock', grid reference and parish protected.


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