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Encyclopaedia of the North East

W - Wecht to Wood


wecht n 
A standard by which something is measured, a heavy body. 

James 1st (1406 -1437) was renowned for his prowess at putting the shot and throwing the weight by height competitively. Until recently every area had its own version of a standard measure for use in competition and trade. Today, we use a mixture of the old imperial measures and the pan-European metric standard. These measures are determined by parliamentary decree in London and Brussels.

 n An area of land occupied by growing trees. 
2 n A fibrous material obtained from trees. 

The River Spey and logging are synonymous. The trees that clothe its banks are destined to make their journey to the pulping plants and wood yards via the A9 or A95 rather than floated down the river itself. Trees and the material we get from them have always been an important factor in the North East;s economy. Be it for making the paper that the Hydro bill comes on, the roofs of the houses that most of us live in, or the chairs we sit on.


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