Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Clay Maker - Clothier

Clay Maker: mixed clay for the pottery industry.

Clay Pressman: loaded clay into canvas bags to press out the moisture.

Clay Puddler: lined canals with a watertight material known as puddle, which is based on clay. Layers of puddle were built up at the bottom of canals. The material had to be kept wet to remain waterproof.

Clay Temperer: a pottery industry worker who loaded clay onto plaster slabs which absorbed moisture prior to pressing to make tiles.

Clay Treader: a pottery industry worker with the unenviable job of treading clay barefoot.

Clay Wedger: used wire to cut clay into wedges which were then beaten together to remove air.

Clay Worker: something of a generic term, this could refer to any one of a number of jobs involved with preparing clay for use in the pottery industry.

Clayman: worked in clay pits.

Cleric: a member of a religious order; a clergyman.

Clericus: a clerk or cleric.

Clerk: in medieval times this occupational title referred to a scholar. This evolved into record keepers and then into people who performed administrative tasks.

Clicker: commonly refers to shoemaking, referring to the person who cut out the leather uppers by hand. Can also refer to a doorman who clicked a handheld counting device every time a person entered shop or entertainment premises in order to count visitors. May also refer to a supervisor or foreman in the printing industry responsible for accounting and billing as well as laying out the type.

Clipper: a criminal who removed the edges of coins in order to steal some of the precious metal from which coins were made.

Clipper On/Off: worked in the coal mining industry, responsible for attaching or removing carts to and from the line used to haul carts between lifts and the coalface.

Clockmaker: Artisan who made or maintained clocks. This occupation dates back several centuries. Up to the end of the 17th century a master clockmaker would be in charge of a shop, where his team would make and assemble all clock parts by hand. Gradually over the next two centuries clocks used parts which were interchangeable, and factories took over.

Clod Hopper: slang term for a Ploughman.

Clog Dancer: a folk dancer, such as a morris dancer or a step dancer. In England the practice is thought to date back to the 15th century, at which time the dancers wore wooden clogs. Clog dancing is thought to have migrated from Wales to England.

Clogger: made clogs, wooden shoes worn by the lower classes.

Closet Maker: a pottery worker who made ceramic pans to go in water closets.

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Cloth Dresser: skilled workers in the textile industry who cut woollen cloth with huge shears when it was ready to leave the mill, or sheared the nap from it.

Cloth Lapper: a textile industry worker who transferred yarn between machines.

Cloth Linter: a textile industry worker who picked out unwanted lint and threads from cloth after the weaving process.

Cloth Picker: an alternate term for a Cloth Linter, who worked in wool weaving.

Clothesman: alternate term for a Clothier or Habadasher.

Clothier: a haberdasher; a merchant selling clothing.

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Voices of the Potteries by Alan Taylor

This evocative and often humorous compilation of reminiscences records life as it used to be in the Potteries. A comprehensive and fascinating view of life is depicted including the experiences of childhood, work, the war years and village community.

For those who remember the people and places portrayed here, this record will awaken nostalgic memories; for people of a younger generation it will provide a valuable insight into the lives of their parents and grandparents.