Apparently, Tron Kirk in Edinburgh (built in ~1673) stands on the site
of a former salt weighbridge
('Trone' being an old name for a weighbridge)
>From Webster's Dictionary:
\Trone\, Trones \Trones\, n. [LL. trona, fr. L. trutina a balance; cf.
Gr. ?.] 1. A steelyard. [Prov. Eng.]
2. A form of weighing machine for heavy wares, consisting of two
horizontal bars crossing each other, beaked at the extremities, and
supported by a wooden pillar. It is now mostly disused. [Scot.]
There does not appear to be any reference to a weighbridge type of
mechanism in Agricola's De Re Metallica (1556).
Hope this is of use.
On Wed, 2004-01-14 at 19:16, Rose, Edwin wrote:
> Does anyone know the earliest reference to/use of a weighbridge (as in, for weighing carts/lorries) and the oldest one surviving?
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