Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Haberdasher - Hat Furrer

Haberdasher: sold sewing articles, such as needles, buttons, thread, ribbons etc. A very old occupation, possibly dating back to the 14th century when habadashers were travelling Pedlars.

Hacker: made cutting tools, such as scythes and billhooks. Can also refer to a person who used cutting tools, such as a carpenter.

Hackler: worked in the textile industry, used a board with long metal teeth sometimes known as a hackle for dressing flax, jute, hemp etc.

Hackman: variation of hackler, a person who used a hackle for dressing materials such as flax etc.

Hackney Man: an early type of taxi driver; drove a horse drawn carriage for hire.

Haft Presser: a local occupational title in the Sheffield area. A specialist knife maker who pressed horn or bone into knife hafts.

Haggler: a travelling pedlar.

Hair Weaver: wove cloth from horse hair.

Hairman: alternate name for a Hair Weaver, who wove cloth from horse hair.

Halberd Carrier: alternate name for a Halberdier, an infantryman armed with a two handed polearm known as a halberd.

Halberdier: an infantryman armed with a halberd, a two handed polearm prominently used during the 14th and 15th centuries. In later centuries was used for ceremonial purposes.

Half Timer: a child who divided their time between working in the mills and being educated.

Halter: made halters for leading horses or livestock.

Hammerman: refers to a Smith or Forgeman (a person who hammers metal).

Hand: a hired labourer.

Handler: a pottery industry worker who specialised in making cup handles.

Handmaid: a female attendant or female servant.

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Handseller: refers to any street Hawker of Pedlar.

Handwoman: a midwife or an alternate term for a handmaid.

Handyman: a man who was skilled in a variety of small practical jobs such as small maintenance and repair work.

Hanger-on: alternate term for an Onsetter working in a coal mine.

Hansard: a very early occupation, made daggers, sword and hand knives.

Happer: a fairground acrobat or a person who worked in salt making.

Harlot: a prostitute, or a male or female person of low class.

Harmer Beck: according to numerous online lists this means a Constable.

Harness Maker: made horse harnesses to allow horses to pull carriages.

Harper: a Musician who played the harp.

Hat Blocker: worked in hat making. Mounted hats on shaped wooded blocks and held it over steam in order to shape the hat.

Hat Furrer: a specialist in the hat making trade who added fur to hats.

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