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In Derbyshire, England, a unit of area (or of work performed), = 500 square feet¹ of slate installed on a roof. Other sources, not specifying a locality, say 405 or 450 square feet (see source 1).

1. James Britten.
Old Country and Farming Words.
English Dialect Society, number 30.
London: Trübner and Co., 1880.

Page 167. Britten's source was Morton's Cyclopedia of Agriculture (1863), which in turn drew from the Second Report of the Commissioners (1820, page 8).

sources

1

Square Measure… 45 square yards, 1 bay of slating, but, when counter measure is allowed, which is commonly half a yard at the eaves, then 50 yards is 1 bay.

John Wilkes, compiler.
Encyclopedia Londinensis etc., vol. 2.
London: printed for the proprietor by J. Allard, etc. 1810.
Page 166.

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