The 'Winchester Bushel' of 1664
Official measure of the Borough of Daventry, the 'Winchester Bushel' of 1664 was chained to the railings on the Market Hill in Daventry and used to test the wooden measures of the shopkeepers and stallholders. The measure, made from bell metal, carries the inscription "Mr Valentine Shinckbowgh, Bailiff of Daventre this yeare 1664". Mr Shinckbowgh was the town Bailiff for that year, as set out in the Town Charters, he would be responsible for testing the measures against this Winchester Bushel before the day's trading started. A bushel is an imperial unit of volume and is equilivent to around 8 dry gallons.
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