# Imperial Weights and Measures - introduction

index --- alpha --- intro --- length --- area --- volume --- weight --- money --- angles --- weather --- other --- foreign --- trades --- documents --- metric --- tables

I was born in 1953. When I was young, like all British school children of the time, I had to learn my Weights and Measures as part of my 'tables' at school. These were the British Imperial units. They were printed on the back of our exercise books (with blank pages, where we did our written work). Click here for a modern replica. Many of the units we used in our everyday life, inches and ounces and pints and shillings were second nature to us, but some, like rods, poles and perches, were completely mysterious, and others, like bushels, cropped up in literature. Now children are taught metric at school, and thinks in centimetres and grams and kilos and 'new' money. So I decided to put some old-fashioned tables on the internet. While metric measures are simpler, these old measures are still part of our language, and will always be part of our literature. Anyway, it will be hard for my generation to think naturally in anything else. I am happy to use metric units, yet it would be sad if these old units were forgotten. This website started as a simple set of tables, but has gradually grown to add snippets of information as well. There are also convertors.

The U.S. Customary systems are similar to the British Imperial System, but I mention where they differ.

I have had many people write into me about this site. Some have gone through it with a fine comb and found plenty of errors, which I have corrected. Others have told me about lots of other interesting units, and I have included them in the site. So this site is partly due to them and I would like to acknowledge this, and thank them for their efforts. If you would like to do the same, please email me (Jo Edkins).

### General weights and measures

Sizes including units of measure
Glossary of Ancient Weights and Measures from Hemyock Castle
A Dictionary of Units of Measurement from University of North Carolina
Statutory Instrument 1995 No. 1804

### Convertors

International Unit Conversion Calculator
Conversion & Calculation Center
SizeOfWales.co.uk calculates with some splendidly silly units!

### Measuring devices

Compass Tutorial
Kornelia's Pocket Compass Guide
Collecting American Measures
Metronomes

### Length and area

BBC article about allotments describing poles
Common Rights in the New Forest
The Megalithic Yard (which I don't agree with!)

### Time

Days of the week
Months of the year
Interfaith Calendar
Number of days in months
Greenwich Observatory
Time Meddler - different calendar systems, both real and fictional

### Paper

International standard paper sizes
Paper sizes in USA - 19th century
American paper weight at www.paper-paper.com

### Shoes

Shoe size charts from Clarks shoes website
Shoe size systems from Veganline

### Museums

Beamish Museum
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum