Manuscripts and Special Collections

Further reading

  • Margaret E. Bowman, Romance in arithmetic : a history of our currency, weights and measures and calendar, 4th ed. (London, 1969)
  • Colin Chapman, How heavy, how much and how long?: weights, money and other measures used by our ancestors (Lochin, 1995)
  • Robin D. Connor, The Weights and Measures of England (London, 1987)
  • F.G. Skinner, Weights and measures : their ancient origins and their development in Great Britain up to AD 1855 (London: HMSO, 1967)
  • Ronald Edward Zupko, A dictionary of English weights and measures : from Anglo-Saxon times to the nineteenth century (Madison, 1968)

Most books on English local history also include glossaries and introductions to historical currency, weights and measures. In addition, old almanacks and volumes such as Pears Cyclopaedia from pre-decimal and pre-metric days include tables of weights and measures.

Of course, there are also numerous resources available online which may assist with historical weights, measures and currency, including conversion tools. These should be reasonably accessible using standard search engines and so are not listed here. However, users should exercise a note of caution when assessing the validity of such sites, and ensure that they are both accurate and authentic.

Next page: Back to all Research Guidance


Manuscripts and Special Collections

Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4565
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 8651