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Annie Report 11 Sep 2003 00:14

Michael Thanks so much for this. It must have been horrible for your mum. What a job, where did she work? Thanks too, to Anne for such an interesting set of postings and for her help A


Anne Report 11 Sep 2003 07:26

Robert Hawker.....Travelling salesman or pedlar. In 1888 hawkers were legally distinguished from pedlars by the ruling that pedlars travelled on foot, hawkers by horse or beast of burden. Also one who bred and trained hawks. Patricia Jappanner.....Person who made 'japanned' objects using the Japanese lacquer technique. Anne

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC)

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC) Report 11 Sep 2003 13:12

ANN, My Mother lived in the Village of Evington on the outskirts of Leicester. The Factory was on Charles Street in Leicester. Mother could have caught the Tram for the last 1.5 miles to and from work. . .1/2d fare. And then some times she would get a lift on the back of a cart which took vegetables into the market. . .but that was a bonus. MIKE.

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC)

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC) Report 11 Sep 2003 14:54

ANNE, Some more Trades explained. . . DAUBER...builds clay or mud walls. DEVILLER... Textile worker who worked the devil machine which tore up rags. DONKEY MAKER... Cabinet Worker working in soft woods Deal, Fir. DUKEY RIDER. Assistant Guardsman who hooked & unhooked the wagons. also for coal miners doing the same job both in the pit or on the surface. EARTH STOPPER... blocked up the Foxes earth, prior to the hunt. ELEPHANTS TEETH DEALER...Exactly what it says, an Ivory worker or dealer. ELLERMAN/ELLIMAN....Sells oil for lamps. ENGOSSER....Wholesaler buy cheap and sells on at higher price. EYER. . . They made the eye in needles. FAKER... coloured black & white photo's. FANG MANAGER...Pit Foreman who examined the pit shafts from the top of the cage as it went up and down the shaft. FLUTTERGRUB. . . Field Labourer. or "Ag Lab" FOOT STRIGHTENER... assembled the dials & hands of watches & clocks. MIKE.


Unknown Report 11 Sep 2003 15:42

I have been reading these job descriptions - we have it easy these days dont we???? And thanks for posting this thread - I enjoy it!


Anne Report 11 Sep 2003 20:37

Now we have Mike from Leicester with a few more Earth stopper-up in my book ...Land worker specialising in stopping water flowing (eg laying clay in pond bottoms) Also someone who blocks up fox and vermin holes Hope that we can keep this thread going as I am learning all the time, especially when someone adds family connections to a job, it makes it more interesting. My book is addictive even caught my daughter reading it. Ephippiarius opifex...saddle and harness maker lorimer.....Spur manufacturer/horse tackle manufacturer/saddler Oeconomus....Churchwarden Raiser...Person who moulds the bodies of fountain pens in a factory Any more unusual ones? Anne

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC)

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC) Report 12 Sep 2003 13:30

Hi Folks some more to Ponder on. . . CADDY BUTCHER.... The Derivation is from a "CAD" a man who looked after horses at a coach stand. . the term "CAD" became widely used when refering to anything to do with a "CAD BUTCHER" was a butcher who sold horse meat. CHAFF-CUTTER... A cutter of chaff another word for straw which was used for the stuffing in pillows,cussions, and mattresses. CLICKER... A part from those in the Boot & Shoe also related to the charge hand who prepared materal ready for the printing trade. CRAPPER.... Now, now stop giggling ! He was a slate worker who worked ALL YEAR LONG in the Quarry as aposed to a DIGGER who only worked there for part of the year... Dare i ask if you have a CRAPPER in your Family ?....No I'd better not !

Maz (the Royal One) in the East End 9256

Maz (the Royal One) in the East End 9256 Report 12 Sep 2003 13:38

I think I would tell people I was a digger and pretend to be poor. LOL and love these. Maz. XX


Anne Report 12 Sep 2003 22:49

Thought that you might like a few M's Manchester man.... Seller of towels and cloth products Mouldiwarp catcher.... Mole catcher Molarius.......Miller Messor.....An officer of the manor with jurisdiction over the fields As for Mike...I remember the 'honey carts' as they were called in Norfolk, lived in Wales in 1960's and they came and emptied the buckets every week!!!!!! Keep these pieces of information rolling in, they may help someone, even if it only raises a smile whilst we are searching and hitting brick walls. Anne


Janet Report 13 Sep 2003 00:23

Anne If by 'honey cart' you mean the 'night soil collector', in our village in Northamptonshire it was known as 'The Midnight Bus'! (By the way - I've never tried Beetroot Chutney! Does that mean pink hands again?!) Janet


Anne Report 13 Sep 2003 06:46

I mentioned the 'honey cart' because I thought that the younger members may not know that such things happened, especially only 40 years ago, they are used to bathrooms and do not know about the tin bath by the fire on a Friday night!!! Anne

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC)

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC) Report 14 Sep 2003 20:36

Anne. . . . WOW. . . " Tin bath by the fire in deed " you must have been posh then. I had my weekly Dunk in the Stone Sink in the kitchen ...but in Summertime it was a tin enamel bowl out in the yard....Ha Ha.


Bernard Report 15 Sep 2003 00:56

hi ann tell me what is a annuitant. thanks bernie.


Anne Report 15 Sep 2003 06:54

Hi Bernard Annuitant.....Someone who receives an annual pension Anne

Maz (the Royal One) in the East End 9256

Maz (the Royal One) in the East End 9256 Report 15 Sep 2003 15:55

Saw a chap on the 1881 census yesterday with his occupation shown as 'pot dealer' !!! I think he might phrase it differently today... Maz. XX


Beverley Report 15 Sep 2003 20:18

Hi Anne, On my g-g-grandfathers marriage cert it says his father was a 'mulster'. Any idea what one of those was. The cert isn't a very good copy and I cant read the occupation of the father of the bride very well, it's something like 'cardur***'. Is there anything it you little book similar to that. Thanx in anticipation, Bev x


Anne Report 15 Sep 2003 22:34

Sorry Bev, Maz and Liz Unable to help, nothing in my little book. Perhaps some one else will be able to help, may be Mike from Leicester can help Anne

Maz (the Royal One) in the East End 9256

Maz (the Royal One) in the East End 9256 Report 16 Sep 2003 12:32

Bev - you might find it was a cordwainer - an old fashioned word for a shoemaker - from Cordovan leather. Maz. XX

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC)

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC) Report 16 Sep 2003 14:24

Sorry...didn't know I should check this thread every day....... BEV... MULETEE...Person who drives Mules. CARDER... To comb Wool,Flax,Hemp. (These are the closest to spelling you gave.) ELIZABETH...Sorry you have me stumped. But take an educated quess...... HUTER.. Man in charge of the Builders hut keep clean and make tea..but could be wrong. HOVIER.. person who would Hover the fluff up under and around the needles on the knitting machines within the Hosiery trade. Or was the look out for a Bookie. MAZ.... Sorry didn't see any request other than " Pot Dealer" so maybe we're getting back to The " Honey Cart Men" again. But I'll still bear these in mind.

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC)

Mike. The Leicester Lad.(GC) Report 16 Sep 2003 15:15

Just put this surggestion to KIM. on another thread. . . . PUDDLER...... One who converts Pig-Iron into Wrought-Iron. OR.....Converts Cast-Iron into mallable Iron.