Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Shingler - Sickleman

Shingler: worked in the manufacture of iron or steel. Shingling is a stage in the production of bar iron or steel, where the metal is reshaped.

Ship Chandler: supplied goods to ships, e.g. food.

Ship Engineer: the engineer on a ship. What else?

Ship Master: the Captain or a ship, sometime refers to the ship's owner.

Ship Stager: worked in a shipyard, building the wooden scaffolding around ships under construction.

Ship’s Husband: managed the expenses and receipts of a ship, as a representative of the owners.

Shipwright: repaired or constructed ships.

Shirt Sewer: person who repaired shirts. Remember that a shirt was a valuable item of clothing, and would be repaired rather than replaced.

Shoe Clicker: a tradesman who cut leather for making shoes.

Shoe Finder: sold specialist tools to cobblers.

Shoe Smith: a Farrier who trimmed horses hoofs, and fitted horseshoes.

Shoe Wiper: shoe polisher; the lucky person who cleaned mud and dirt from the shoes of passers-by.

Shoemaker: manufactured shoes.

Shop Boy: a male shop assistant.

Shop Girl: a female shop assistant.

Shot Firer: used the explosives for blasting rock in quarries.

Shrager: maintained trees but cutting branches back as necessary.

Shrieve: an alternative name for a Sheriff, possibly a contraction of 'Shire Reeve'.

Shrimper: fisherman who caught shrimp.

Shuffler: coal shoveller on a boat, or a farm Labourer.

Shunter: a railway worker. When rolling stock is shunted (moved) about to form trains, the Shunter had the dangerous job of coupling the carriages and wagons together, which meant getting in between them, leading to a high risk of injury. Some shunters used a 'shunting pole' which allowed them to reach between wagons and carriages to fasten the couplings without getting between them.

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Shuttle Maker: made the shuttles for looms in weaving mills.

Shuttler: operated shuttles in the weaving industry, or an alternate term for a Shuttle Maker.

Sick Visitor: checked up on sick people to ensure they were genuinely entitled to receive benefits. Before the Welfare State, sick people received financial benefits from Friendly Societies, often depending upon their political or religious connections, and often after paying regular premiums to the society. This might be considered an early form of health insurance.

Sickleman: harvested crops.

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