[Bell Historians] long and short hundreds

Richard Smith richard at GLev9L8cHYfqPnvS4kJyNBNfL2seCV_JHm66djTfye84mZMEOY3oj4agjcslZTOkPvMAtenumKWwKDZSZvo.yahoo.invalid
Tue Mar 7 18:14:54 GMT 2006

Anne Willis wrote:

> One of our archivists has found some bell weights in 'long hundreds' and
> 'short hundreds'. What is the difference in these?

In medieval times, a 108lb hundredweight was the standard
hundred weight (insofar as anything was standard).  As the
modern 112lb hundredweight (a long hundredweight, apparently
also called a London hundredweight) became more common, the
108lb hundredweight was sometimes refered to as a short
hundredweight.  More recently (and particularly in the US),
a 100lb hundredweight has come into use and this is now
referred to as a short hundredweight.



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