load

1

In Cyprus, 20th century, a unit of liquid capacity, = exactly 36 imperial gallons, approximately 163.659 liters.

United Nations, 1966.

2

In Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, 20th century, a unit of mass used for cocoa, = exactly 60 pounds av.

United Nations, 1966.

3

In the lead mining districts of Derbyshire, England, ? – 19th centuries, a unit of capacity for lead ore. In the High Peak, after 1851, 16⅞ imperial gallons, or in mass about 500 pounds.

sources

Load sb. a load of ore is nine dishes of ore, each dish being about half a hundred-weight. Add. MS. 6681, p. 926. By the recent Act, 14 & 15 Vict. c. 94, art. 9; a load of ore, so far as regards the High Peak, is declared to be nine dishes of are, whereof each dish shall be of capacity sufficient to hold fifteen pints of water. See Cope, and Tapping's High Peak Min. Cus. p. 15, and n. (c).

From the Glossary in
Thomas Tapping.
The Rhymed Chronicle of Edward Manlove...
London: Shaw and Sons, 1851.

Manlove's poem originally appeared as:

Edward Manlove.
The Liberties and Customs of the Lead-Mines within the Wapentake of Wirksworth in the County of Derby.
London: 1653.

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