Bushel and Strike

A bushel is a unit of measurement equivalent to four pecks or 8 gallons, used primarily to measure grain. This bushel, a circular wooden drum with iron bands and two iron handles, was used at Woolney Hall, Creeting St. Mary.

“With the bushel went a stick or strike for levelling off the top of the corn when the bushel had been filled. Both workers and farmers were very particular when filling corn into the bushel: if by chance the wooden scuppit or the scoop happened to touch the measure, thus jarring it and causing the grain to settle down, it was emptied immediately because in that state it would have more than it’s proper amount of grain.

So careful, too, were they about the exactness of the measure of corn that the strike was drawn across the top of the bushel in a special way to prevent the grain from being pressed down. It was drawn straight across for wheat – a heavy grain – but for most other corn it was drawn across in a zig-zag fashion which apparently caused the least down-pressure on the grain.” – p. 91, The Farm and the Village, George Ewart Evans


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