corde [French]

1

In France, at least as early as the 16th century¹ – 19th century, a unit of volume for fuelwood, varying with location.

 

Name steres length
of bed
length
of
logs
height
rôles
which pied
was used?
corde usuélle 3.00 9 2 2/3 pied usuel
corde de Lorraine 2.97 8 4 4 pied de Lorraine
corde de Clermont en-Argonne 2.86        
corde de Bar 2.30        
corde d'affouages (Vosges) 4.114        
corde de bois marchands (Vosges) 3.366        
corde de bois à charbon (Vosges) 2.244        
corde des eaux et forêts 3.839 8 4 pied de roi
corde de grand bois 4.387 8 4 4 pied de roi
corde des ports 4.799 8 5 pied de roi
voie de Paris 1.920 4 4 pied de roi

Source: H. Nanquette, Cours de Technologie Forestière, Paris: Berger-Levrault et Cie, 1887. Page 161.

1. For an example of the corde of wood in medieval French charters:

Félix Bourquelot.
Études sur les Foires de Champagne…
Mémoires préséntes par divers savants a l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres de l'Institute Impérial de France. 2nd series, volume 5.
Paris: Imprimerie Impériale, 1845.
Page 79.

2

In Seychelles, 20th century, a unit of capacity, approximately 4.48 cubic meters.

United Nations, 1966.

3

In Mauritius, 20th century, approximately 2.742 cubic meters.

United Nations, 1966.

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