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3 April 1732: Mr Spencer’s great ox is killed at Barnsley

John Hobson. 1877. The Journal of Mr. John Hobson, Late of Dodworth Green. Yorkshire Diaries and Autobiographies in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Ed. Charles Jackson. Durham: Surtees Society. A (morbid) compendium of everyday England. It is sometimes unclear whether the date given is that of an occurrence or that on which news reached his capacious ears. Get it:

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At Barnsley. Saw Mr. Spencer’s great ox killed there. He had been feeding 3 year. His quarters weighed 108 stone; tallow 18 lbs.; his hide 11 st. 4 lbs. He was sold at 4d. per pound.


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At Barnsley. Saw Mr. Spencer’s great ox killed there. He had been feeding 3 year. His quarters weighed 108 stone; tallow 18 lbs.; his hide 11 st. 4 lbs. He was sold at 4d. per pound.

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