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Alan Sondheim on Sat, 24 Dec 2005 11:08:33 +0100 (CET)


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<nettime> some british measures, 1844


some british measures, 1844


(somewhere between the long shadow of the medieval guilds and the
dominance of local custom before the automobile and plane - every
mercantile space its customary measure. as international communication
grew, so did the need for standardization. here is britain in 1844,
near the beginning of this development.)

1 pound = 12 ounces = 240 pennyweight = 1818 diamond carets =
5760 troy grains = 7260 pearl grains = 115200 mites = 2764800 doits
= 55296000 periots = 1327104 blanks = 210 114/175 drams avoird.

1 pound = 12 ounces = 96 drams = 288 scruples = 5760 grains =
210 114/175 drams avoird.

1 ton = 20 hundreds = 80 quarters = 2240 pounds = 35840 ounces =
573440 drams = 15680000 troy grains.

1 last = 12 sacks = 18 1/5 packs = 24 weys = 156 tods = 312 stones =
624 cloves = 4368 pounds.

1 bundle = 4 1/6 spindles = 16 2/3 hasps = 20 slips = 100 heers =
200 leas, cuts, or raps = 24000 threads = 2160000 inches.

1 tun = 2 pipes or butts = 3 puncheons = 4 hogsheads = 6 tierces =
8 barrels = 14 runlets = 25 1/5 ankers = 252 imperial gallons =
1008 quarts = 2016 pints = 8064 gills = 69873.048 cubic inches.

1 lst = 2 weys or loads = 10 quarters = 20 cooms or sacks = 40
strikes = 80 bushels = 320 pecks = 640 imperial gallons = 1280
pottles = 2560 quarts - 5120 pints = 17455.360 cubic inches stricken
measure = 225238.960 cubic inches heaped measure.

1 ship load = 14 16/21 scores = 20 keels = 160 newcastle chald. =
310 london chald. = 1240 vats or strikes = 3720 sacks = 11160
bushels = 44640 pecks = 833280 pound weight avoir. = 31420834.92
cubic inches heaped measure.

1 tun = 2 butts = 3 puncheons = 4 hogsheads = 6 barrels = 12
kilderkins = 24 firkins = 216 imperial gallons = 864 quarts = 1728
pints = 59891.184 cubic inches.

1 cubic mile = 512 cubic furlongs = 32768000 cubic rods, poles or
perches = 5451776000 cubic yards = 147197952000 cubic feet =
254358061056000 cubic inches = 917352730714.022952 imperial gallons.

1 gallon = 8 pints = 160 fluid ounces = 1280 fluid drams = 76800
minims = 2560 weight iin drams avoird. = 70000 weight in grams troy
= 277.274 cubic inches.

1 mark = 13s 4d, 1 noble = 6s 8d, 1 tester = 6d, 1 groat = 4d, 1
moidore = 27s, 1 jacobus = 25s, 1 carolus = 23s, 1 angel = 10s.

1 french ell = 1 1/5 english ell = 2 flemish ell = 6 quarters = 24
nails = 54 inches.

1 spindle = 18 hanks or 560 yards = 126 skeins, leas, or raps =
10080 threads = 544320 inches.

1 hank or 560 yards = 7 leas or raps = 560 threads = 20160 inches.

1 mile = 8 furlongs = 80 gunter's chains = 320 rods, poles, or perches
= 880 fathoms = 1760 yards = 5280 feet = 8000 gunter's links = 63360
inches.


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