Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Poleman - Potter's Thrower

Poleman: held the vertical rod to assist a land surveyor operating a theodolite.

Polenter: alternate spelling of Polentier, a poultry merchant.

Polentier: merchant who dealt in poultry and poultry products; a Poulterer.

Poleturner: made pikes and spears etc.

Poller: often referred to a barber, meaning a person who cut hair. Occasionally refers to a person who cut branches off trees.

Ponderator: to ensure fair trade, a Ponderator was a weights and measures inspector.

Pony Driver: traditionally a child's occupation at a coal mine, driving the pit ponies.

Porcher: a pig-herder or pig keeper.

Portable Soup Maker: made powdered soup for transportation.

Porter: baggage handler, a gatekeeper or a railroad worker who assisted passengers.

Portmanteau Maker: made portmanteau travelling bags, which were traditionally made from stiff leather and originally used for carrying clothes.

Post Boy: a Postilion, rode mounted on one of the drawing horses of a post chaise or coach.

Poster: a quarry worker responsible for breaking rocks.

Postilion: sometimes known as a Post Boy, a Postilion drove a post chaise or coach mounted on one of the drawing horses. The horses were referred to as Post-Horses. The occupation went out of fashion in Britain as railways grew in popularity.

Postillion: alternate spelling of Postilion, drove a post chaise or coach mounted on one of the drawing horses.

Pot Arch Man: a potter industry worker responsible for monitoring pottery kilns and deciding when items can be removed.

Pot Boy: the old time equivalent of a glass collector in a pub, a Pot Boy collected used pots for washing before re-use.

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Pot Burner: worked in the pottery industry, loaded the kilns with finished pots ready for firing.

Pot Man: a street merchant peddling pots of stout and porter. Porter is a type of beer which is dark coloured. The name came about in the 18th century due to the drink's popularity in London among river porters.

Potato Badger: merchant who peddled potatoes.

Potter: made and sold pots out of earthenware or clay. In very early times, the term potter was also used to describe a maker of metal pots.

Potter's Carrier: alternate name for a pharmacist, possibly dating back to the 19th century.

Potter's Jollier: shaped clay into a revolving plaster mould using a profiling tool.

Potter's Mould Runner: this pottery industry occupation was primarily performed by young boys who ran from building to building to arrange newly made wares in rows for hardening.

Potter's Presser: a potter who used moulds to make his goods.

Potter's Printer: painted the intended pattern onto tissue paper, from where it would be transferred onto the pottery prior to firing.

Potter's Thrower: the person who throws lumps of wet clay onto the spinning potter's wheel, so that the potter can shape the clay into the desired shape prior to firing.

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