In Durham and Northumberland, England, = ¼ peck. According to Bailey and Culley, the beatment was used in Newcastle market, but not in various other markets in the county of Northumberland.
J. Bailey and G. Culley.
A General View of the Agriculture of Northumberland, with Observations on the Means of its Improvement…
Newcastle: printed by Sol. Hodgson, and sold in London by Robinson and Nichol, 1797.
Page 229. In two of the other markets described, a quarter of a peck was a forpit.
Old Country and Farming Words.
English Dialect Society, number 30.
London: Trübner and Co., 1880.
Page 170. Britten's sources were Morton's Cyclopedia of Agriculture (1863) and the Second Report of the Commissioners (1820, page 8).
Beatment, s. A measure. North.
A Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1857.
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