Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Bead Piercer - Besswarden

Bead Piercer: bored the holes in beads.

Beadle: a Parish constable, or a Parish official used to keep the peace or as an usher at weddings.

Beadsman: a person paid to pray for the soul of his employer.

Beamer: threaded the warp yarn onto the loom in preparation for weaving.

Bearer: worked in a coal mine moving coal from the coal face to the shaft ready for lifting to the surface.

Beater: thickened and removed oil and dirt from woollen based cloth by treading it in a solution of water mixed with fuller's earth. The occupation is also known as a Fuller.

Beatster: fishing net mender (usually a woman).

Beaver: used fur from the beaver to produce hat making felt.

Beck: abbreviation of Becker, a baker.

Becker: Middle English term for a baker operating an communal oven or employed by a large household.

Bedel: alternate spelling of Beadle, a parish constable or official.

Bedesman: another name for a Beadsman.

Bedman: church caretaker or Sexton.

Bedral: church official (Scotland).

Bedwevere: quilt weaver and webbing maker for use on bed frames.

Bee Skep Maker: made beehives, which were woven basket on the inside and often thatched on the outside to keep the bees warm.

Beetler: a textile industry worker who used a beetling machine to emboss fabric.

Belhoste: inn keeper.

Bell Hanger: hung bells in church bell towers.

Bell Maiden: surface worker at a tin mine.

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Bellfounder: made bells in a foundry.

Bellman: - a Town Crier, a Watchman or a person who collected coach mail by ringing a bell which attracted people’s attention.

Bellowfarmer: repaired bellows-powered church organs.

Belly Builder: produced and assembled piano interiors.

Belly Roller: operated a machine that rolled and smoothed the surface of the leather / hide taken from the cow’s belly.

Benchman: a type of Sawyer.

Bender: person who cut leather.

Besom Maker: made besom brooms (what modern people call 'Witches Brooms') from short tree branches tied to a wooden stale or handle.

Besswarden: a Parish official who managed livestock.

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