Date Made/Found: 1200-1300
Material and Medium: Stone
Dimensions: Diameters 27mm and 36mm, thicknesses 20mm and 10mm
Accession Number: 1997.1.GRANGE.12
These Medieval spindle whorls were found at Roystone Grange, near Ballidon, Derbyshire. They were used to weight a spindle used in spinning wool. The spindle was spun to twist the wool into yarn. The whorl keeps the spindle turning as long as possible.
During the Medieval period, most people still lived in rural settlements. They farmed animals and grew crops. Peasants often only had one or two cows but these were an important source of milk, cheese and meat. In the 1200s and 1300s people usually grew food only for their family to eat. Later they worked on larger farms owned by someone else.
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