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A chaldron was a dry English measure, beginning in 1826, of 4 quarters or 32 bushels. More recently, it has been applied exclusively to coal, for which a chaldron is equal to 36 bushels heaped up. On shipboard, 21 chaldrons of coal was the allowance to the score. The use of the unit ended in 1963 with the reform of the Weights and Measures Act.
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