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MEAL CHEST or DOWER CHEST

meal chest

Large oak chest (for storing ground corn, (normally oats in Ceredigion). This has an ark lid that could be used upside down as a hand-barrow. This type of chest was made for many centuries, this example is probably 17th century.

Flour was compacted by foot in a cist of 16 bushels. Sometimes the cist was divided into two sections, one for oats, one for barley. Cured bacon was stored in the top of the cist with the oats.

Anon, Folk Lore of the Cardigan Coast, Welsh Gazette, 19.10.1911

OATS