How Long is a Furlong, What Does it Mean, and How Did the Unit of Measurement Originate?

The furlong is an ancient British unit of measurement, literally meaning the length of a furrow.

It’s the distance a horse can pull a plow without resting, which was calculated at exactly 220 yards, or 201.168 metres.

When the Romans introduced the mile to Britain, it was changed in length to accommodate a tidy eight furlongs.

This was done because all property and other precise distances such as that of a horse race were measured locally in furlongs.

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