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Record ID: FAKL-D02407
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval, c. AD1200-1500, lead spindle whorl, low-biconical, one face bears a pattern of raised angled lines, the other rows of raised pellets. Around the outer edge is a low flange. Through the centre is an irregular 10.3mm, diameter hole. The whorl is highly asymmetrical and may have been mis-cast. Diameter 28.1mm, Height 8.6mm, Mass 20.36g.
Created on: Tuesday 28th May 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 28th May 2019
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Record ID: FAKL-33FA8A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval lead spindle whorl, (c. AD1200-1600), flat biconical with raised decoration, made up of bars and pellets, on both faces. Diameter 27.6mm, Height 8.9mm, Hole diameter 9.1mm, Mass 27.66g.
Created on: Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Last updated: Friday 5th April 2019
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Record ID: WREX-55AF7A
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Flintshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete spindle whorl, made from a very worn and fragmentary medieval lead papal bulla of Pope Clement V (1305 to 1314). The obverse bears the legend CLE / [MEN]S / [:PP] V within a beaded border. The reverse depicts the faces of St Peter and St Paul below the inscription SPASP[E] (SPA = Sanctus Paulus, SPE = Sanctus Petrus), all of which are surrounded by the remains of a beaded border. St. Paul is seen on the left looking right, with a long pointed beard and short grooved hair, St. Peter is now missing. A squashed hole is visible on the perimeter at 12 o'clock with a partial h…
Created on: Monday 3rd December 2018
Last updated: Thursday 21st February 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mostyn', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-74BFEC
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete biconical lead spindle whorl, which has been cut; only half survives. The surfaces of the piece are decorated with regularly spaced raised lines, radiating from what was once a central perforation, to its outer edge. The metal has a pale grey or white patina. It has a diameter of 32.4mm, is 16.9mm thick and weighs 35.0g. The perforation was once 9.5mm in diameter. Decorated lead spindle whorls date to the medieval period, c. 1200-1500 AD.
Created on: Wednesday 17th October 2018
Last updated: Monday 31st December 2018
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Record ID: FAKL-BC95A3
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Cast lead spindle whorl of possible Early Medieval (720-850) date. The whorl is plan-convex with a slighly concave underside. Through it is a 7.0 x 5.0 centrally set, hole. Its face bears a pattern of angled, raised bar and the intention might have been to suggest runes although no coherent letters can be defined. Diameter 30.0mm, Height 15.4mm, Mass 53.32g. This whorl can be place in Walton Rogers (2007, 24-25). Type A1 which she dated to the Middle Anglo-Saxon period. The type was found at Flixborough, North Lincolnshire (Walton Rogers in Evans and Loveluck, 2009, Fig. 9.3 and can b…
Created on: Friday 14th September 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 18th September 2018
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Record ID: DYFED-9330B6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Carmarthenshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Small lead spindle whorl in a lozenge shape. The whorl is whole, smooth and in good condition. Approximately 25mm in diameter.
Created on: Thursday 7th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 31st July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kidwelly', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-C21332
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: South Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Ceramic spindle whorl that has been made form a fragment of a grey ware pot that has been cut/ground in to a circular disc that has then had a central hole drilled through the middle.
Created on: Wednesday 15th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 16th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Gloucestershire', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-BDA549
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Lead alloy weight, probably a spindle whorl dating from the 13th-15th century AD. The weight is circular in shape awith a central hole for the spindle. It is roughly rectangular in cross-section, with very worn surfaces. However, both sides are inscribed with almost floral lettering. Prof Elisabeth Okasha from University College Cork write this report on the object: Spindle whorl Examined 10 November 2017 Description The circular spindle whorl is complete and undecorated except for the texts and the enclosing margins. It measures c. 3 cm in diameter, c. 0.6 cm in thickness, and the…
Created on: Friday 15th September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 12th December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cockermouth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: FAKL-4E9CFC
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval or Post Medieval lead spindle whorl, (c.1200-1550). Cast lead, biconical, one face bears a ring of pellets, the other side appears to bear a three circumferencial raised lines across which run radial ribs, now obscured by corrosion. The central hole is 9.5mm in diameter. Diameter 24.7mm, Thickness 11.7mm, Mass 24.29g.
Created on: Tuesday 11th July 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 11th July 2017
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Record ID: FAKL-046F9B
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Doncaster
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval to Post Medieval lead spindle whorl, c. AD1300-1600. Biconical but one side is much less raised than the other, the raised face continuing into a short cylinder. Both faces are decorated with raise dots, separated by raised, angled lines on the more raised face and for radial lines on the other. The hole in the centre of the whorl is 10.0mm in diameter. Diameter 28.0mm, Height 13.1mm, Mass 32.54g.
Created on: Saturday 20th May 2017
Last updated: Saturday 20th May 2017
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Record ID: FAKL-49CE83
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval lead spindle whorl, flat biconical one face decorated with two rings of pellets, set within two raised rings, one around the edge, the other around the 10.8mm diameter central hole. The other face also bears two rings within which is ring of pellets linked by short ribs. A thirteenth-sixteenth century date is likely. Diameter 30.5mm, Thickness 9.6mm, Mass 33.57g.
Created on: Saturday 29th April 2017
Last updated: Saturday 29th April 2017
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Record ID: DYFED-D3D233
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Carmarthenshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Lead alloy spindle whorl. The object is circular in form and biconical in cross section with a central aperture, 12mm in diameter. It is undecorated and has an even cream patina. The aperture has been slightly damaged on one side. This could be anything from Roman to Post Medieval in date.
Created on: Thursday 30th March 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 11th April 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-85C6D4
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A cast lead spindle whorl. Both faces are flat and undecorated with a slightly raised edge. 8mm circular hole in the centre. 30mm diameter, 8mm thick, 58.24g. Lead whorls are not easy to date, as few are found in excavated contexts, perhaps because they were far easier to recycle than whorls of bone, stone or pottery. None have been found in Roman contexts in Colchester (Crummy 1983, 67) but also none have been found in medieval contexts in Norwich (Goodall in Margeson 1993, 184-5) or York (Ottaway and Rogers 2002, 2736-7). At Winchester, three neat and two very crude conical lead …
Created on: Tuesday 14th March 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 19th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'GF001B', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-859D68
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A cast circular lead spindle whorl, both faces flat and undecorated, one side with a ridge around the edge. Circular hole 10mm in diameter in the centre. It has been sliced through, the damage cutting through the outer ring to the hole in the centre. 30mm diameter, 5mm thick, 37.35g. Uncertain date, but probably medieval.
Created on: Tuesday 14th March 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'RP002B', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-85493E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A biconvex cast lead spindle whorl, decorated on one face with closely spaced oblique raised lines and on the other face with worn raised lines and pellets. Circular hole 10mm in diameter in the centre. The edge is raised, as if the lead had been compressed from the side. It measures 27 x 28 mm and is 8mm thick. It weighs 36.09 g. Decorated lead whorls have been found in medieval contexts in Leicester (Austin Friars; Mellor and Pearce, 1981, Fig. 51, No. 71, 39-41) and Codnor Castle, Derbyshire (Time Team excavation; Wessex Archaeology 2008, 18). The drop spindle with which they we…
Created on: Tuesday 14th March 2017
Last updated: Friday 31st March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'AG001B', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-86F64D
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A biconvex cast lead spindle whorl, decorated on both faces, with a pattern of radial raised lines and pellets on both faces. Where best preserved it seems that there are three pellets between each line, one complete one above and two half-pellets below. There is a raised line around the edge on one face and a circular hole 10cm in diameter in the centre. 30mm diameter, 10mm thick, 41.86g in weight. Decorated lead spindle whorls appear to be medieval in date, or perhaps early post-medieval at the very latest.
Created on: Thursday 2nd March 2017
Last updated: Friday 31st March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'RP001B', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-86CF2F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A biconvex cast lead spindle whorl, decorated on both faces, with a pattern of radial raised lines and pellets on both faces. Where best preserved it seems that there are three pellets between each line. Circular hole 10mm in diameter in the centre. Diameter 30mm, thickness 10mm, weight 40.98g. Compare PUBLIC-86F64D, which has very similar decoration and is the same size. Decorated lead spindle whorls appear to be medieval in date, or perhaps early post-medieval at the very latest.
Created on: Thursday 2nd March 2017
Last updated: Friday 31st March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'RP003B', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-86977C
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A biconvex cast lead spindle whorl, decorated on both faces with raised lines and pellets on one side and raised stripes in an irregular pattern (some radial, some oblique) on the other. There is a raised line around the edge, particularly obvious on the line-and-pellet face. Circular hole (10 mm in diameter) in the centre. Decorated lead whorls have been found in medieval contexts in Leicester (Austin Friars; Mellor and Pearce, 1981, Fig. 51, No. 71, 39-41) and Codnor Castle, Derbyshire (Time Team excavation; Wessex Archaeology 2008, 18). The drop spindle with which they were used…
Created on: Thursday 2nd March 2017
Last updated: Friday 31st March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'GF002B', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: FAKL-887BA5
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval or Post Medieval lead spindle whorl, plano-convex, one face being flat, the other consisting of a domed boss set on a flat disc, the boss is marked by a series of thick radial bars, the gaps between them sometimes extending on to the disc.Through the centre is a 9,7mm diameter hole. Diameter: 27.4mm, Height 10.2mm, Mass 33.42g.
Created on: Monday 6th February 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 7th February 2017
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Record ID: FAKL-8853B8
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval or Post Medieval lead spindle whorl, biconical with a 10mm diameter hole through its centre. Unlike most lead whorls, this example appears carefully executed with an elegant plant tredril running around one face. The other face is more complex bearing a number of motifs, a letter T with expanded arms, a six pointed star with a voided centre: a pear shaped pellet: a letter O, a single round pellet: a square of four pellets: two pellets, one above the other. The design might suggest a date later in the series. Diameter: 26.5mm, Height 10.6mm, Mass 28.07g.
Created on: Monday 6th February 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 7th February 2017
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