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Record ID: WMID-72169C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire East
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A complete lead spindle whorl dating to the Medieval to Post Medieval periods (c. AD 1100 - 1600). The object is bi-convex; circular in plan with a prominent medial rib and a circular central aperture measuring 9.18mm in diameter. The whorl is decorated on both faces with a raised leaf or feather-like motif radiating from the central aperture. The whorl is pinkish-grey in colour. The overall dimensions are as follows: 27.43mm in diameter, 12.15mm in thickness and 26.88g in weight.
Created on: Wednesday 17th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd April 2019
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Record ID: NMS-6DE369
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Medieval lead spindle whorl, bi-conical with central perforation, both faces decorated in counter-relief with a ring of zig-zag and a pellet in each triangular space. Diameter 25mm. Thickness 15mm. Perforation diameter 10mm. Weighing 43.84g. A roughly similar example was excavated from an early 16th-century context at the Augustinian Friary, Leicester, complete with its wooden spindle (Mellor and Pierce 1981, 139-40, fig.51 no.71). It is possible that the object was residual, but it is unlikely to have been very ancient when deposited in the context, in view of its completeness. Later …
Created on: Wednesday 17th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 17th April 2019
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Record ID: NLM-5CE27D
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Lead spindle whorl. Cast plano-convex whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter c.8.5mm, possibly Walton Rogers form A1; severely distorted by plough strike, patinated overall thereafter. The spindle size might admit a Middle Saxon date, while the mass may point to a primary function plying cord. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 700-850 Diameter: 34.3mm, Thickness (as found): 17.2mm, Weight: 85.10gms
Created on: Tuesday 16th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 16th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wharton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-5C0F46
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cumbria
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Small lead spindle whorl of uncertain date, possibly Roman or early medieval (c. AD 43 - 1000). The spindle whorl is broadly oval in shape and flat with a central circular perforation. It has a white patina. The spindle whorl is 17.34mm in diameter, 3.09mm in thickness and weighs 2.82g. The diameter of the central perforation is 6.02mm. Lead spindle whorls are often difficult to date without archaeological context as a similar form was used from the Roman period into modern times. The small size of this example may indicate an earlier date, but the date range must remain uncertain.
Created on: Tuesday 16th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 24th April 2019
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Record ID: LANCUM-5BFA66
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cumbria
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Lead spindle whorl of uncertain date within the range AD 43 - 1750. The spindle whorl is conical with a large central circular perforation. It is dark grey in colour with a white patina. The spindle whorl is 24.50mm in diameter, 11.05mm in thickness and weighs 32.65mm. The diameter of the central perforation is 11.20mm. Lead spindle whorls are often difficult to date without archaeological context as a similar form was used from the Roman period into modern times. The date range must therefore remain uncertain.
Created on: Tuesday 16th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 24th April 2019
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Record ID: LANCUM-5BE585
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cumbria
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Lead spindle whorl of uncertain date, possibly Roman or early medieval (c. AD 43 - 1000). The spindle whorl is slightly conical with a central circular perforation. It has a white patina. The spindle whorl is 23.01mm in diameter, 4.79mm in thickness and weighs 11.82mm. The diameter of the central perforation is 11.99mm. Lead spindle whorls are often difficult to date without archaeological context as a similar form was used from the Roman period into modern times. While discoid spindle whorls such as this one are known from securely-dated Roman contexts, and the small diameter of the …
Created on: Tuesday 16th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 24th April 2019
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Record ID: LEIC-596645
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Rutland
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Early Medieval to Medieval lead alloy spindle whorl, 36mm in diameter, 8mm thick, with a weight of 67.23grams. The object is circular in form and rectangular in cross section. It has a central circular, 10mm in diameter. The object fits Walton Rogers form B which she dates to 900-1200AD.
Created on: Tuesday 16th April 2019
Last updated: Friday 3rd May 2019
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Record ID: LEIC-59492D
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Rutland
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Early Medieval to Medieval lead alloy spindle whorl, 20mm in diameter, 6mm thick, with a weight of 12.34grams. The object is circular in form and sub rectangular in cross section. The whorl has a central circular hole, 6mm in diameter. The object fits Walton Rogers form B which she dates 900-1200AD
Created on: Tuesday 16th April 2019
Last updated: Friday 3rd May 2019
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Record ID: SWYOR-059D6C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A lead spindle whorl of Iron Age to Medieval date, about 800 BC - AD 1200, but more likely to be Early Medieval to Medieval, about AD 850 - 1200. It is of Walton Rogers form B1, being circular and having two flat faces of equal size with straight sides. The central hole is 9.2mm in diameter. There is no visible decoration. The whorl has a well developed white patina. It is 26.1mm diameter, 10.1mm thick and 42.4g. Form B1 whorls were used from the Iron Age onwards, but the large size of the central hole may suggest an Early Medieval to Medieval date.
Created on: Friday 12th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 24th April 2019
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Record ID: SWYOR-052E65
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A lead spindle whorl of probable Early Medieval date, about AD 500 - 850. It is of Walton Rogers form A1, being circular and having one flat face and one convex, D-shaped in cross-section. The central hole is 8mm in diameter. There is no visible decoration. The whorl has a well developed white patina. It is 29.7mm diameter, 10.5mm thick and 44.4g.
Created on: Friday 12th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 24th April 2019
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Record ID: WMID-F37417
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
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A complete lead spindle whorl dating to the Medieval to Post Medieval periods (c. AD 1200-1600). The spindle whorl is broadly circular in plan with one flattened edge, and with a central, circular perforation. The object is bi-conical with some possible raised lines radiating from the central perforation on both faces, though these are heavily worn. Plain lead weights and spindle whorls were in use from the Roman period to the present day, therefore without any contextual information it is difficult to apply an exact date. However, the presence of decoration on this object can aid in…
Created on: Thursday 11th April 2019
Last updated: Friday 3rd May 2019
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Record ID: WMID-F1C7FE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
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A complete lead spindle whorl dating to the Early Medieval period (c. AD 500-800). The spindle whorl is broadly circular in plan, with a central, circular perforation. The bottom face of the object is flat, while the upper face is domed. The object has a rough grey surface with a slight white patina. Plain lead weights and spindle whorls were in use from the Roman period to the present day, therefore without any contextual information it is difficult to apply an exact date. However, the shape of this object can be called as Walton Rogers Form A1, with one flat face, thus allowing the …
Created on: Thursday 11th April 2019
Last updated: Friday 3rd May 2019
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Record ID: NLM-DBE499
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Lead spindle whorl. Cast biconical whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 9.4mm. Surface texture might suggest a linear scheme of decoration including triangles on one side, and a prominent rim between the sides. Densely patinated. The indistinct nature of the decoration might arise from this having been cast from a mould taken from a crisper example. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1500-1600 Diameter: 27.2mm, Thickness: 11.3mm, Weight: 36.89gms
Created on: Wednesday 10th April 2019
Last updated: Thursday 11th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'North Ormsby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-C97337
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cheshire West and Chester
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A spindle whorl with separate outer ring connected by four pylons to the inner core. This design is not commonly seen in Cheshire, the more common types being a solid disc with central hole.
Created on: Tuesday 9th April 2019
Last updated: Thursday 13th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barrow', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-C65207
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
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Medieval lead alloy spindle whorl, 27mm in diameter, 15mm wide with a weight of 42.19grams. The object is circular in form and bi-conical in cross section with a central hole, 9mm in diameter. The whorl has some damage or is mis-cast on one face and is decorated on both sides with a raised design of chevrons, some which overlap and are interspersed with raised dots. The form matches Walton Rogers form C, which she dates to the Medieval period..
Created on: Tuesday 9th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 17th April 2019
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Record ID: LIN-A21863
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A complete bone spindle whorl or gaming piece, dating to the early medieval period c.AD 600-800. The circular whorl is bi-convex in profile, 39.18 mm in diameter, 15.84 mm thick and with a circular central perforation that is 7.21 mm in diameter and weighs 14.49g. The upper surface is worn, with traces of circumferential incised rings around the central perforation. The underside is worn with traces of five circumferential incised rings.The surface takes a light-brown colour. Fibres were spun into thread using a drop-spindle made of bone, ceramic or stone 'whorls' which acted as flywh…
Created on: Sunday 7th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 8th May 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Little Carlton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-9D24C2
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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A complete Bone spindle whorl or gaming piece, dating to the early medieval period c.AD 600-800. The circular whorl is bi-convex in profile, 35.38 mm in diameter, 13.53 mm thick and with a circular central perforation that is 8.14 mm in diameter and weighs 11.82g. The smooth upper surface is decorated with five sub-circular incised rings around the central perforation. Outside the central perforation, there are three small indentations - which could represent damage made in antiquity. The underside is undecorated and consists of the coarser, inner part of the bone with many cut ends of…
Created on: Sunday 7th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 8th May 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Little Carlton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DEV-5D6E43
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
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A cast lead alloy spindle whorl dating to the medieval period, c. AD 1200-1500. The whorl is circular in form and bi-conical in cross section, with a central sub-circular aperture, forming a ring. Both upper and lower surfaces are flattened, and marked with a pattern of raised spokes which extend from the central aperture. The spoke pattern creates a series of sub-rectangular shapes between each raised spoke. There has been some damage to the outer perimeter. It is a light grey in colour, with patches of a paler white-ish patina. Spindle whorls were in use throughout the Iron Age thr…
Created on: Thursday 4th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
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Record ID: SUR-4AEE1E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
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A biconvex cast lead alloy spindle whorl of Walton Rogers form C, dating from the medieval period, (circa AD 1100 - 1600). The surface does not appear to be decorated. The internal diameter of the hole is 6.5mm.
Created on: Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Last updated: Thursday 4th April 2019
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Record ID: LEIC-35697B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
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Medieval lead alloy spindle whorl, 25mm in diameter, 12mm thick, with a weight of 34.86grams. The object is circular in from and bi-conical in cross section. It is decorated on both faces with raised triangles and dots witha central hole, 9mm in diameter. It matches Walton Rogers form C.
Created on: Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Last updated: Monday 8th April 2019
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