A table for everything

Back in 1908 a little girl called Flo Burbidge was born in our museum building. Flo lived in the village all her life, marrying Bert Shore who came, originally, from West Lavington. The Shores were not blessed with a family and perhaps that is why we have quite a lot of items which came from their house. It is, of course, appropriate that Flo’s items are back in her childhood home. Amongst the items is a little book of tables.

Wightman's Arithmetical Tables can be found at Market Lavington Museum

Wightman’s Arithmetical Tables can be found at Market Lavington Museum

The back cover has adverts for other Wightman products.

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Adverts for other Wightman products

The little book has many ordinary tables – like multiplication, number bonds and tables of British money and weights and measures. There is also a table of the Kings and Queens of England which gives us a publication era. The little book is Victorian in origin.

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The Kings and Queens of England give this book a Victorian date

We must confess to having picked out some of the more bizarre tables for display here and some of the tables suggest that although Queen Victoria was on the throne when the book was published, the contents had not been updated for some time.

Foreign coinage values in British money

Foreign coinage values in British money

We believe the French coin, the Ecu, went out of use in the 1790s although the name was in common usage for a 5 Franc coin. It is delightful to know that the Spanish Quartil was worth precisely forty three one hundred and thirty sixths of a British penny.

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Table of hay and straw measures. This might well have been useful knowledge in Market Lavington and Easterton

Hay and straw measures would have been important in Victorian rural Wiltshire.

But Jewish weights and measures may not have been so vital.

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Jewish weights measures and money

Interesting that ‘A Sabbath-day’s journey was just two miles. That would have denied the right for some of our parish’s outlying residents to go to church.

Finally, the length of a mile. Did you think this was always the same? It seems not. A Hungarian mile is 8 times as far as a Russian mile. It would also appear that Scotland had a different length mile. Now how confusing could that be?

The different lengths of a mile in different countries

The different lengths of a mile in different countries

What a wonderful little book which was issued, revised and reissued for many, many years

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2 Responses to “A table for everything”

  1. Cassy Taylor Says:

    How fascinating! It reminds me a lIttle of a book my grandfather had “Enquire Within” (upon everything).

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