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Record ID: LANCUM-B72B4A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Medieval to early Post Medieval, cast lead alloy weight, probably a spindle whorl or possibly a net weight. 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 sugge…
Created on: Friday 13th September 2019
Last updated: Friday 13th September 2019
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Record ID: GAT-65223A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Anglesey
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Three lead byconical spindle whorls of unknown (Roman to Post Medieval) date. Spindle Whorl (from left to right) A, B and C appear plain, although A may have traces of pattern on its surface. Spindly Whorl B has a perforation present on one side. All three whorls have a cream / dark brown rough patina. Spindly whorls are common detectorist finds and range in date through from the Iron Age to the post medieval period. Both the diameter of the central perforation and the decoration on the whorls can be used to help identify their period. It is not possible to date these finds, howeve…
Created on: Monday 9th September 2019
Last updated: Monday 9th September 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bodffordd', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-26CB68
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl fragment. A little less than one half of a biconical whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 10.3mm, cut down to crescentic form. One side bears moulded decoration comprising a medial circumferential line of small [length 3mm] juxtaposed triangles, set with points radiating outward from the centre, and a prominent rim around both the medial hole and the outer edge. The other side is plain, with sand impressions suggesting it was either formed or deformed on a sand bed. Patinated; as this runs across cut surfaces the reduction of the whorl to its current sor…
Created on: Friday 6th September 2019
Last updated: Monday 9th September 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Burnham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-116784
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead possible spindle whorl. Thin cast plano-convex section disc with a central moulded aperture of diameter 6mm, possibly with fait traces of radial decoration on the lightly convex surface. Lightly patinated and abraded. The small spindle size might admit a Roman to Middle Saxon date, while the mass could commend a function spinning a fine yarn. Suggested date: Unknown, 43-850 Diameter: 23.2mm, Thickness: 4.3mm, Weight: 11.60gms
Created on: Thursday 5th September 2019
Last updated: Friday 6th September 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Normanby le Wold', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-115908
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl. Cast biconical whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 10.7mm, somewhat enlarged by miscasting. Both sides bear moulded decoration comprising radial lines separating pairs of pellets, with a rim where the two halves meet. The profile is somewhat more dumpy than is usually the case for whorls of this type. Patinated, with damage to the hole. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1500-1600 Diameter: 28.4mm, Thickness: 13.8mm, Weight: 45.85gms
Created on: Thursday 5th September 2019
Last updated: Friday 6th September 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Normanby le Wold', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-8FA04D
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 11.6mm and with moulded decoration on either side. In both cases this comprises a radial arrangement of lines forming a star of seven or eight points with each triangular compartment thus defined occupied by a single pellet. Patinated, and latterly sheared and lightly distorted by plough strike. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1500-1600 Diameter: 34.1mm, Thickness: 9.5mm, Weight: 38.15gms
Created on: Friday 30th August 2019
Last updated: Monday 2nd September 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Belton', grid reference and parish protected.


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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: SOM-E9E04C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Somerset
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A stone spindle whorl of unknown date. The spindle whorl is circular in plan and in profile bi-conical with a flattened top and bottom. It has a distinct ridge around the centre. Both faces of the spindle whorl are flat and undecorated. A straight sided, sub-circular perforation 8.9mm in diameter runs through it for attachment to a wooden spindle. The spindle whorl is 23.2mm in diameter and 13.0mm high; it weighs 27.77g. The stone is mid greyish brown in colour with part of the outer surface whiter and more powdery. It is relatively heavy for its size. A geologist would need to give …
Created on: Thursday 22nd August 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 27th August 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Misterton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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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: NLM-6A38C5
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 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: WREX-57D58C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Denbighshire
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Lead spindle whorl, dating from the medieval period (AD1200-1500). The whorl is made up of a central bi-conical body that is decorated with a series of raised lines. On one side these take the form of a zig-zag pattern creating V shapes and triangles. On the other side these are alternating horizontal and vertical lines. The perforation has an internal diameter of 9.0 mm.The surface of the whorl is worn with a powdery white patina. Diameter: 24.9mm; thickness: 11.9mm; weight: 28.79g
Created on: Thursday 15th August 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 20th August 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Llantysilio', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-523442
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast lead-alloy spindle whorl dating from the Medieval to Post Medieval period (c. AD 700-1500). The whorl is plano-convex in section with a central circular aperture. The upper surface is decorated with six raised pellets separated by seven raised spokes emanating from a raised circumferential boarder around the aperture. One of the triangular fields defined by the spokes does not have a raised pellet. Some of the surviving pellets are pointed while others are worn to a dome. The underside of the whorl is relatively flat and unevenly finished. The spindle whorl has a pale c…
Created on: Thursday 15th August 2019
Last updated: Friday 30th August 2019
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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: 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: DEV-AE0DC5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy spindle whorl dating to the medieval to post medieval period (c.1100-1500). The spindle whorl is sub-oval in plan, D-shaped in cross section and rests flat when rested on a flat surface. There is a central uneven perforation on both sides; both openings, which were probably sub-circular in shape originally, now taper into an elongated tear shape. One almost three times the size of the other. The outer surface is decorated with an uneven series of circular punctured incisions that vary in size and depth. The outer and inner walls of the spindle appear worn and uneven, whic…
Created on: Wednesday 7th August 2019
Last updated: Thursday 29th August 2019
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