Old Cornish units of measurement

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Measurements formerly in use in Cornwall

Area[edit]

Cornish acre – 120 statute acres (or possibly 64), 8 score lease

Cornish ferling/farthing – ¼ a Cornish acre

Cornish lease – four sticks

Cornish stick – four yards, three yards square

Cornish Knight's fee – four Cornish acres

Cornish rod – 160 lace to a Cornish acre, 36sq. rods

Cornish lace – 18 ft square

Cornish land rod/lorgh – half a lace, 9 ft

Length[edit]

Cornish fathom – 5 ft

Cornish mile – 1.5 miles

Capacity/mass[edit]

Cornish bushel – 3 Winchester bushels for barley, wheat and potatoes, 18 gallons

Cornish gallon – 10 lb

Cornish apple gallon – 7 lb

Cornish metric gallon - 5 kg

Cornish ton/mining ton – 21 cwt

Cornish pound – 18 ounces (butter)

Fish[edit]

Cornish warp – 4 fish

Cornish burn – 21 fish

Cornish hundred – 132 fish

Cornish mease – 505 herring

Cornish cran – 800 herring

Cornish long hundred – 8 times 120+5 fish

Cornish last – 132,000 fish

Cornish ounce – 16th part (of either a sein of fish or property)

Sources[edit]

  • Thornton B. Edwards, Cornish! a Dictionary of Phrases, Terms and Epithets Beginning with the word "Cornish", 2005.