The Age of George III
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In 1815 the Corn Laws were passed; they said that foreign grain could not be imported into Britain until domestic grain reached 80 shillings a quarter (£4). Unfortunately for students of this period, it is difficult to identify what exactly "a quarter" was. Much depended on the port of entry for the grain.
|In LIVERPOOL||a quarter weighed||480 lbs|
|In LONDON||a quarter weighed||496 lbs|
|At all other ports||a quarter weighed||504 lbs|
A quarter was not a quarter of a ton: that is 560 lbs. Just to add to students' confusion, Britain now uses metric weights. A kilogramme weighs 2.2 lbs. Since this Historian is almost innumerate, and still works in Imperial measure - do your own sums!!
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