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    • Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
    • Primary material: Lead Alloy
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  • Thumbnail image of LANCUM-B72B4A

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: YORYM-FD173C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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 series of irregularly spaced raised lines. Each resulting cell houses a two or three raised pellets. The metal has a mid-brown/white patina and is worn. The spindle whorl is 25.5mm in diameter, 10.1mm thick and weighs 23.4g. The perforation is 10.2mm in diameter suggesting a medieval date as per the thicker spindles of this period (Walton Rogers, 1997, p.1731). Ref: Walton Rogers, P.…
Created on: Friday 23rd August 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 4th September 2019
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Record ID: YORYM-FCFF8D
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead-alloy spindle whorl of medieval date, c.AD 1100 - 1600. The spindle whorl is plano-convex with a flat base and domed top and a central perforation running through it. The domed surface is decorated with a series of irregularly spaced raised lines radiating outward from the perforation. Each resulting cell houses a single raised pellet. The metal has a light white patina and is worn. The spindle whorl is 21.7mm in diameter, 6.2mm thick and weighs 8.9g. The perforation is 7.7mm in diameter. Lead spindle whorls were commonly used from the Iron Age through to the post-med…
Created on: Friday 23rd August 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 4th September 2019
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Record ID: SUR-E7BDCE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: WREX-C03949
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Denbighshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl, dating from the medieval period (AD1200-1500). The whorl is circular in plan and bi-conical in section with a slightly raised rim on the outside edge. The whorl is decorated with raised lines radiating out from the central perforation to the outer rim. The perforation has an internal diameter of 8.5 mm. The surface of the whorl is worn with a powdery white patina. Diameter: 27.1mm; thickness: 11.2mm; weight: 21.6g
Created on: Tuesday 20th August 2019
Last updated: Monday 9th September 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Llantysilio', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DENO-AA4C7A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Derbyshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast, Early Medieval, lead alloy spindle whorl, dating to AD 950 - 1150. It is flat and circular in shape, with a circular, central perforation. The edges are square, and the sides flat. The upper surface is decorated with a trapezoidal linear shape, with the end of each line extending over the other to form a 'V' shape. On three of the sides there are offset, rounded decorative shapes, suggestive of leaves. Diameter: 25.2mm, thickness: 10.3mm, weight: 40.13g. The central perforation is very symmetrical and measures 9.9mm in diameter; this is an indicator of the Early Med…
Created on: Monday 19th August 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 20th August 2019
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Record ID: IOW-087238
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead alloy possible spindle whorl of Unknown date (c. AD 43-c. 1800). The spindle whorl is circular in plan, hemi-spherical, domed at the top and flat on the underside. There is a parallel sided circular hole at the centre with a diameter of 8.1mm. The object is grey with patches of a buff patina. Diameter: 25.5mm; thickness: 11.2mm. Weight: 40.72g. 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 rela…
Created on: Sunday 11th August 2019
Last updated: Monday 12th August 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-C3D233
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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 series of irregularly spaced raised lines. Each resulting cell houses a single raised pellet. The metal has a mid-brown/white patina and is worn. The spindle whorl is 25.9mm in diameter, 12.2mm thick and weighs 10.1g. The perforation is 24.8mm in diameter suggesting a medieval date as per the thicker spindles of this period (Walton Rogers, 1997, p.1731). Ref: Walton Rogers, P., 1997.…
Created on: Thursday 8th August 2019
Last updated: Friday 9th August 2019
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Record ID: YORYM-0589C2
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead-alloy weight or spindle whorl of possible Iron Age to Roman date, c.50 BC - AD 410. The object is circular with a flat top and domed base and a central perforation running through it. All surfaces appear undecorated and are worn. The metal has a mid-grey/white patina with a pitted surface. The object is 19.3mm in diameter, 12.9mm thick and weighs 25.6g. The perforation is 6.3mm in diameter suggesting an Iron Age to Roman date as per the thicker spindles of this period (Walton Rogers, 1997, p.1731). Ref: Walton Rogers, P., 1997. Textile Production at 16-22 Coppergate …
Created on: Tuesday 30th July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 21st August 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cottam', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-054931
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Early Medieval date (c. AD 950-1150). The object is circular with a flat top and base and rounded edges. A perforation runs through the centre. On one face there are lighter marks on the surface and one worn thin line or groove that runs from the central perforation to the outer edge. This groove is polished smooth and most likely comes from the use of the object demonstrating where it was tied to another object. The metal is a mid-grey, light brown colour. The object is 31.2mm in diameter, 13.1mm thick and weighs 81.8g. An identical …
Created on: Tuesday 30th July 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 13th August 2019
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Record ID: SUR-0087C7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Surrey
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A globular lead alloy weight or spindle whorl of 20.4mm diameter and 30.81g, with a central hole of 6.8mm diameter. The surface is undecorated. Probably medieval.
Created on: Tuesday 30th July 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 30th July 2019
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  • Thumbnail image of NARC-9C152B

Record ID: NARC-9C152B
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 (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: HESH-6EC976
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead or lead alloy spindle whorl or weight of Roman to Post Medieval date (1 - 1650 AD), most probably Roman (AD50-350). The spindle whorl is broadly ovullar in plan and is D shaped in the cross section; it has been eroded in the soil. The central hole is a circular shape; it has an internal diameter of 5.95mm x 5.85mm. Both faces are plain and undecorated. The spindle whorl has a cream - white coloured surface patina. Spindle whorls are used for a long period of time and as such are very difficult to date precisely without other evidence (such as pottery), though it was found i…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd July 2019
Last updated: Thursday 25th July 2019
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  • Thumbnail image of YORYM-868BC0

Record ID: YORYM-868BC0
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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. One side is decorated with has irregularly spaced raised lines radiating from the perforation to the outer edge. Two of the resulting cells have a raised X within and all other cells have three raised pellets. The other side displays a variety of raised shapes including an X, two interlinked chevrons and a cross along with raised radiating lines and pellets. The metal has a mid-brown/white patina and is worn. The spindl…
Created on: Friday 12th July 2019
Last updated: Friday 19th July 2019
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Record ID: LEIC-48CBB9
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval lead alloy spindle whorl, 10mm thick, 26mm in diameter with a weight of 30.42g. The object is circular in form and bi-conical in cross section. It is decorated on both faces with raised rectangles, and has a central hole, 10mm in diameter.
Created on: Tuesday 9th July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 10th July 2019
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Record ID: WMID-340265
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead or lead alloy bi convex decorated spindle whorl, of probable Medieval dating (AD 1100 to AD 1450). The spindle whorl is sub circular in shape, and lentoid in section. The upper face has been decorated with a series of raised diagonal lines creating V shapes, with a raised circular pellet inside. The lower face is undecorated. The central hole is circular in shape and has been cast / set roughly centrally. It has a internal diameter of 8.7mm. The whorl measures 28.1 mm in diameter, and 13.6 mm thick. It weighs 50.0 g (1.76 oz). The whorl is of a light to mid grey colo…
Created on: Monday 8th July 2019
Last updated: Monday 8th July 2019
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Record ID: WMID-33E356
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast lead or lead alloy bi-convex decorated spindle whorl, of Medieval dating (1100 - 1450 AD). The spindle whorl is sub circular in plan, and lentoid in cross section. The upper face has been decorated with eight raised pellets, arranged in an approximate circular pattern. The lower face exhibits several raised diagonal lines, creating a star like design. A small raised rim is present around the edge of the spindle whorl. The central hole is circular in shape and has been cast approximately centrally. The internal diameter of the hole measures 10.3 mm wide. The whorl h…
Created on: Monday 8th July 2019
Last updated: Monday 8th July 2019
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Record ID: WMID-32EF74
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead or lead alloy biconvex spindle whorl, of probable Medieval dating (AD 1100 to AD 1500). The spindle whorl is sub-circular in plan, with a central, circular perforation extending vertically through the object (internal diameter 9.5 mm). The sides of the spindle whorl are slightly convex and have a repeating pattern of vertical grooves and ridges. There are four lozenge-shaped mouldings attached to the corners of the object; there is a pronounced seam around the girth of the object and is suggestive that it was manufactured by casting. The seam indicating a line between …
Created on: Monday 8th July 2019
Last updated: Monday 8th July 2019
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  • Thumbnail image of NARC-9F7737

Record ID: NARC-9F7737
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: IOW-36BE9C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete lead alloy possible spindle whorl of Unknown date (c. AD 43-c. 1800). The spindle whorl is sub-circular in plan, hemi-spherical, domed at the top and flat on the underside. There is an irregular hole at the centre. The object is grey with patches of a buff patina. Length: 28.6mm: width: 28.0mm; thickness: 8.6mm. Weight: 30.16g. Plain spindle whorls and weights were cast locally in lead from the Roman period onwards and are hard to date precisely although most are late Medieval or post-Medieval.
Created on: Wednesday 26th June 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 26th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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