windle

1

In North Lancashire, England, at least since the 14th century – 19th century, a unit of mass used for wheat, beans, pease and vetches, = 220 pounds. The value came from taking 3 bushels, each of 70 pounds, plus an added 10 pounds.

Earlier, it was a unit of capacity. The Second Report describes the Lancashire unit as one of capacity: “of barley, beans and wheat, 3½ Winchester bushels.” Houghton (1693) has it at 12 gallons in Manchester and 26 gallons in “Lancaster and norward.”

“Windle” may also simply mean “basket.”

John C. Morton.
The Cyclopedia of Agriculture, Practical and Scientific....
Glasgow, Edinburgh, London: Blackie and Son, 1855-56.

Second Report of the Commissioners... (1820), page 37.

John Houghton.
A Collection of Letters for the Improvement of Husbandry and Trade.
Issue #46, of 23 June 1693. Page 132 in the collected edition.

2

In Midlothian, Scotland, ? – 19th century, a unit of mass used for straw, = ¹⁄₄₀ kemple, about 5 to 6 pounds trone weight.

Second Report of the Commissioners... (1820), page 37.

John C. Morton.
The Cyclopedia of Agriculture, Practical and Scientific....
Glasgow, Edinburgh, London: Blackie and Son, 1855-56.

3

Wright reports that in Northumberland the sack was simply a bushel:

Windle. s. … (3) A bushel. North. ,

Thomas Wright.
A Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English Vol 2.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1886.
Page 1025.

Thomas Wright.
A Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English Vol 2.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1886.
Page 1025.

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