carage

In England, 16 – 17th centuries, a quantity of 64 bushels of lime. From the slim evidence we have of the word's existence, it is not possible to know if striken or heaped measure was used. In some cases, “bushel” meant 2 stricken bushels. In the 16 and 17th centuries a bushel was around 2148 cubic inches.

David Dowd reports the unit was used for building materials other than lime, and recalls “carages of stone and brick” in Finche's History of Croydon. Unfortunately this book is extremely rare (no copy in the British Library or Library of Congress) and so we are unable to provide the citation.

John Worlidge, 1704.

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