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Anne

Anne Report 8 Sep 2003 22:22

Have done the best I can Trish Stryker...Striker same as corn striker, also a blacksmiths assistant Corn striker...Medieval measurer of corn into fixed sized drums to check quantity before pouring into sacks Filecutter...maker of files and rasps for woodworking/metal working etc Janet Brass finisher...Polisher of brass objects after manufacture Stick mounter and fitter... could this be walking sticks or canes? Gold and silver mounter... can't help other than the obvious Susie Huckster..Travelling salesman in small items, also a woman street seller of ale who was often also a prostitute Been busy pickling beetroot,sorry for the delay in replying Anne

Janet

Janet Report 8 Sep 2003 22:44

Thanks Anne. Wonder what a 'pickler of beetroot' would be called in your little book! Bet you've got pink hands now! I usually do, but then you were probably more organised and wore plastic gloves! Janet

Anne

Anne Report 9 Sep 2003 06:47

Nothing on beetroot but here are a few 'B's beg...A governor of a town or district bel or beldam..An old haggard woman belter...Bell maker berner....Person in charge of a hound pack bess warden or pinder....A town official responsible for stray animals besayle...Great grandfather belly builder....Piano makerwho makes the shell and interior of the piano Its damsons next, jam and gin Anne

Trish

Trish Report 9 Sep 2003 08:40

Thanks Anne, that's great. You're doing a good job and we're all learning something.

Yvette

Yvette Report 9 Sep 2003 08:49

Hi Anne This is probably as obvious as it sounds but just to make sure could you please find out what a 'Contractors Carmen At Ashplate' does please. Thanks Yvette

Jennifer

Jennifer Report 9 Sep 2003 16:16

Hi anne. Any idea what coal miner hewer and a coal miner drawer where? Thanks.

Jan

Jan Report 9 Sep 2003 16:40

I think a hewer cuts the coal from the face, and a drawer takes it away in a truck. Jan.

Annie

Annie Report 9 Sep 2003 19:36

Hello Do you have an occupation in there of 'whaleboner'? One of my female relatives is described as such. Wondering whether it was perhaps a fishing occupation or someone who made corsets. Thanks A

Anne

Anne Report 10 Sep 2003 07:40

Sorry Ann, Jennifer and Yvette, nothing in my book on those you asked for, will look further when I have time, busy with damsons at the moment, about 40 lbs, for jam, damson gin and vodka, still got funny coloured hands!!!!!! Anne

Dorothy

Dorothy Report 10 Sep 2003 09:03

If you can find for a couple more, what's an Anuitant (woman's occupation listed in occupation column, and is there anything in your book about 'bodger' a nickname, but may be based on occupation? Thanks.

Maz (the Royal One) in the East End 9256

Maz (the Royal One) in the East End 9256 Report 10 Sep 2003 10:19

A carman was a delivery driver - usually hired by the day, like a temp - an annuitant is someone who is living off the income from an annuity or pension. HTH. Maz. XX

Janet

Janet Report 10 Sep 2003 12:53

This is getting to be a very interesting thread! I'm learning something new every day. You're doing a great job Anne, in between your pickling, preserving and brewing! (Bet it'll be onions next .... and then red cabbage!) Janet

Jennifer

Jennifer Report 10 Sep 2003 15:37

Thanks Anne

Yvette

Yvette Report 10 Sep 2003 21:12

Marion, thanks for that, i guess he must have had plenty of work as his brother was also a carman. Anne Good luck with the damsons.........sounds like fun, lol! Yvette

Rosalind in Madeira

Rosalind in Madeira Report 10 Sep 2003 21:16

Hi Anne, one I saw is a 'toe dresser', this is from the Shifnal (Salop) parish registers, if any one needs a lookup. I know what a toe rag is!! Ros

Anne

Anne Report 10 Sep 2003 21:51

Still very busy but found BODGER Bodger... A forest worker making chairs, spars, spindles etc from un-cured wood. Beetroot chutney next!!!!! Anne

Christine

Christine Report 10 Sep 2003 21:54

A "BODGER" is a skilled craftsman who made wooden chair legs and spars using a lathe set up in home-made workshops in deep woodland.his work was often produced for chair companies

Patricia

Patricia Report 10 Sep 2003 21:56

Any joy on letting me know what a Japanner Artist was ??

Bobtanian

Bobtanian Report 10 Sep 2003 22:48

Hi Ann, one of my wifes ancestors was classed as a street singer..her husband was a street hawker...i first thought of a beggar but it has been suggested she was a "lady of the night", what say you? Bob

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC)

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC) Report 10 Sep 2003 23:06

ANN, A Whaleboner put the whalebone stays into the corsets. That was the first job my Mother did after leaving school back in 1920's she got 10/- per week for and had to walk 5 miles there & back each day. MIKE.