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Old English Capacity Measures in Britain

Old English Capacity Measures in Britain

Lists a number of old English capacity measures as used in Britain, containers such as the firkin, kilderkin, puncheon and hogshead. These measures were often used for different commodities and for each there was often a different capacity in terms of cubic inches or gallons, particularly in Britain. This table lists the most common uses and the associated capacities in cubic inches of the base unit and its derivatives. Each major use in a column also shows the fractional part or multiple of a gallon in round brackets. In each case the base unit is the gallon and the size is indicated in red to distinguish it from derived values.


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