Saturday, July 17, 2010


A custom peculiar to Cambridge was that of selling butter in three foot lengths and an inch in diameter, a pound being rolled between two boards. The University has an ancient cylinder of sheet iron which was used to test the size of every roll of butter sold in the town. "Yard Butter" was still sold until the introduction of food rationing in the early years of the First World War.

For I loved Cambridge (where they deal
How strange! in butter by the yard):

Go figure.