This website tells a bit about metrication in England and other countries too.
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I found myself in a bizarre conversation today while talking to somebody about the "Horatio Hornblower" novels.
She knew that the UK uses metric units, and she was puzzling over the fact that all of the distance measurements in those novels were in miles. And before anybody asks: no, she isn't blonde.
I had to suppress my laughter when she asked. She's a physician, and she ought to know better. I asked her what the name is for the mile-foot-pound-pint-inch type measurements we use. It took her a minute to remember that the US uses "English units" for its common measurements.
Anyway, it made me wonder. I know that the UK is (mostly) on the metric system now, but when did it make the switch from English units to metric units?
And, in keeping with the Hornblower theme, does anybody know what system of measurement the French were using back in the Napoleonic era?