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Official Weights & Measures, Borough of Holt
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Official Weights & Measures, Borough of Holt

Every market town had an official set of weights and measures to ensure fair dealing in shops, pubs and businesses. The first attempts to standardize weights and measures came in the reign of Edward III (1327-77). However, it took until 1824 for Parliament to agree a national system of weights and measures for the UK. Until then, weights and measures varied from county to county and town to town.

The measures in this set include: a quart, a pint, a half pint, a gill and a half gill. (Traditionally spirits are sold in pubs in sixth of a gill measures.) Just two weights survive: 2 lb and 8 oz. There used to be an official scales and 3 lb and 4lb weights. The surviving weights and measures belong to the Holt Town Trust.

Did you know?
There used to be three systems for weighing goods. Troy weights for measuring precious metals; apothecary's weights for measuring medicinal and chemists' products and avoirdupois weights for measuring foodstuffs and other goods. Sometimes a weight of the same name had a different mass depending on which of the three systems applied. Chemists made it even more complicated by using symbols from ancient Greek for their weights!!
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These are the surviving standard weights and measures from the old borough of Holt. Originally a full set could have included as many as twenty-one weights and measures. They were used to check that market stall holders, publicans and shopkeepers were using honest measures when selling goods.
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Where is it located?
The Collections Centre, Wrexham County Borough Museum
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