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Weights, measures & money

With the introduction of decimal currency we said goodbye to farthings and thrupenny bits, florins and shillings – coins that our ancestors had used for centuries. Similarly measurements changed from imperial to metric too. Like June Terrington you may still have a fondness for the ‘old ways’, yet whether you need to refresh your knowledge, or are young enough to need to learn the imperial systems from scratch, here are a few handy leads to follow

THE ABCS OF ACRES, BARLEYCORNS & CUBITS

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Understanding historic measurements

Dependent on your age, you may be able to remember the old money we had – I can just recall it. On 15 February 1971, the UK and Republic of Ireland went decimal. Around this time – the late 1960s and ’70s, everything was going through the slow change to metric. Still today I would think most of my generation still prefer the old system – but perhaps that’s because I love history!

Progress in adopting metrification is still slowly occurring to this day. Acres are now hectares, and most measurements are metres and centimetres, yet speed and distance on roads are still in miles instead of kilometres. Most of us still use the old imperial measurements in everyday life too, calculating our weight and height, in stones and feet and inches respectively, or going for a pint of milk or beer.

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