Cow Pats and Cricket Bats by Maurice Barrett ©.
As a general comment it should be mentioned that there will sometimes be a clash of tense within the various chapters of this book as they have been written by three different persons at different times intended for reading at a specific period in time. In order to keep the text as close as possible to the original, it was decided to leave the tense and writing styles exactly as they were when written, unless there were specific examples where it would not make literary sense. Also, it was necessary in some instances to put a date in brackets to give a fuller explanation to the sentence or statement in question, or to put the comment in context.
Doubtless there will be gaps in the story of what is 113 years of history and there will be numerous persons who deserve a mention and who have been over looked for no other reason than that of memory failure on behalf of the writers. We will gladly amend any of the text if any person contacts us and wishes additional information to be added.
Throughout the major part of the book which deals with the formation through till 1976, Maurice Barnett has frequently referred to the old system of currency which was used in Great Britain until 15th February 1971. For anyone aged 40 and over this seems obvious and second nature, but to those under the age of 40 and to those outside the UK, the use of such terms as £3-4-10 must seem very strange. We will attempt to give a very brief explanation, as follows:
£1 (One Pound) contained 240 pennies,
made up of 20 Shillings. There were 12 pennies in one Shilling.
So therefore 15 Shillings and 10 pence was written thus, 15/10
£3, 6 Shillings and 4 pence was written as, £3-6-4 or sometimes £3-6/4,or sometimes £3 6s 4d, it sometimes depended upon the characters available on a typewriter. Also there were nick-names given to certain coins, such as a Shilling = "a bob", more commonly 2 Shillings = "2 Bob"
2/6 = A Half Crown because a full Crown which was a legal coin (but rarely used) was equal to 5 Shillings.
A Guinea = £1-1-0, A Tanner = 6 pennies (6d), A Halfpenny (pronounced Hapenny) was worth a half an old penny, A farthing was worth a quarter of an old penny.
Pence was written with a small d, hence 6 pence
would be written as 6d
When decimalisation came along, £1 was divided into 100 pennies and great confusion was caused by all. It meant the old Shilling = 5 new pence. ( the term "new pence" was used for several years) A new penny became worth 2.4 old pennies.
CONFUSED? , not half as much as everyone in the UK was ripped off when the cost of everything was rounded up to the nearest penny (which of course was 2.4 old pennies)