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Flail found in a chimney

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Flails are weapons made of a large metal weight attached to a wooden handle by a piece of chain.  They were based on the agricultural flail, a tool made up of a weight attached to a long wooden pole that was used for threshing wheat.  This flail was discovered in a chimney during the demolition of a building in Speenhamland.

Speenhamland was an area between the centre of Newbury and Speen.  It was here the Speenhamland System a means of combating high grain prices during the Napoleonic Wars was proposed.

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