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Record ID: DENO-AA4C7A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Derbyshire
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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
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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: NLM-2798BB
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
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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
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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
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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: WAW-80D3DE
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Worcestershire
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Roman to Medieval (1st to 15th centuries) spindle whorl: A lead whorl which is circular in plan and in profile is D-sectioned with the base being flat. There is a central sub-circular perforation which is 7.55mm diameter. The surface is a light cream colour. It measures 25.09mm diameter and is 10.64mm thick. It weighs 26.77g. 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 relationship between the weight of the wh…
Created on: Monday 5th August 2019
Last updated: Monday 5th August 2019
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Record ID: YORYM-054931
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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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
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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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Record ID: LEIC-CA5D44
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
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Plain undecorated lead spindle whorl, probably of medieval date.The object is in fair condition, is 26mm in diameter and weighs 39.08g.
Created on: Saturday 27th July 2019
Last updated: Saturday 27th July 2019
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Record ID: NARC-9C152B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
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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
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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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Record ID: SOM-03E48F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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A lead spindle whorl. The object is a torus shape being circular in plan with a circular hole in its centre and sub-oval in cross section, almost being pointed on its outside edge and almost straight sided on its inside edge. The spindle whorl is a light grey colour mostly with a worn smooth surface although it has a large chip, possibly from plough damage on its reverse. The entire piece is 39.3mm by 39.5mm and measures 8.8mm thick. It weighs 69.91 grams. The circular hole through the centre, has a diameter of c.12.1mm. Simple spindle whorls were in use over a very long period of t…
Created on: Thursday 18th July 2019
Last updated: Thursday 18th July 2019
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Record ID: YORYM-868BC0
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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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: NLM-5E3C85
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl. Cast biconvex whorl with a medial circumferential rim between its two halves, with a moulded aperture of diameter 11.2mm. Traces of a row of pellets between the rim and a flat area around the aperture appear on one side. The other side bears tint crescentic and angular marks: these may relicts of stamped decoration, but may equally be the result of chewing by a small child or vermin. Patinated, also dented on one part of the edge. It is uncertain whether this should be related to the early Medieval series of whorls or to Post-Medieval biconical whorls; moulded decor…
Created on: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Last updated: Sunday 14th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-5BC910
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl or gaming piece, probably of early medieval or medieval date (c. AD 750 - 1500). The object is cylindrical and perforated centrally. The upper face displays a web-like raised design formed of a line running along the centre of the face, transected at regular intervals by lines that run across the face. The object has a white patina. It is 23.78mm in diameter, 11.33mm in thickness and weighs 39.42g. The central perforation is 10.92mm in diameter. See NLM-A17211 for a comparable example; also: LANCUM-DD5E25.
Created on: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Last updated: Friday 12th July 2019
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Record ID: LANCUM-5B925F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cumbria
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Large lead spindle whorl of uncertain date (c. AD 43 - 1750). The spindle whorl has a domed upper face and a flat bottom face, the edges of which are angled upwards. It has been perforated centrally from the bottom face (as the hole is wider at this end).The object has a white patina. It is 38.87mm in diameter, 13.06mm in thickness and weighs 109.72g. The central perforation is 11.71mm in maximum diameter. Lead spindle whorls can be difficult to date without archaeological context. There is nothing indicative about this example that would allow it to be more precisely dated.
Created on: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Last updated: Friday 12th 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: NLM-486F6C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl. Cast plano-convex whorl with a central moulded aperture of diameter 10.2mm and with a flattened circumferential rim of width 4mm around its upper edge, cf. Walton Rogers form A1. Patinated. The spindle hole size could admit an Anglo-Scandinavian date. A light nick across the flat upper surface on one side of the hole might be a tying notch. Abraded. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 850-1000 Diameter: 32.4mm, Thickness: 9.7mm, Weight: 48.33gms
Created on: Tuesday 9th July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barnoldby le Beck', grid reference and parish protected.


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