Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Soap Maker - Splitter

Soap Maker: manufactured soap. European soap manufactured after the 16th century was made from vegetable oils rather than animal fats.

Soaper: alternative name for a Soap Maker.

Sojourner: traveller, travelling merchant or vagrant.

Sojourner Clothier: a travelling merchant selling clothing.

Soldier: member of the land based armed forces.

Sole Cutter: made the soles for boots and shoes by cutting the leather.

Solicitor: legal professional.

Solid Iron Grinder: alternate term for a Sad Iron Grinder, who worked on the manufacture of sad irons, which were also known as solid irons. See Sad Iron Grinder for further details.

Sondesman: alternative name for a Sandesman, who was a messenger, ambassador or envoy.

Soper: made soap, probably by boiling vegetable oil rather than animal fat.

Sorter: tailor.

Sortor: tailor.

Souter: Cobbler.

Soyor: probable misspelling of Sawyer.

Spade Tree Maker: alternate term for a Spade Tree Turner, who made wooden spade handles on a lathe.

Spade Tree Turner: turned wooden handles on a lathe. The handles were subsequently fitted with a metal spade head and used for digging.

Spallier: low ranking job in a tin works.

Spectioner: worked on a whaling boat.

Sperviter: the medieval term for a keeper of sparrow-hawks. In later times, may have been used as a sparrow keeper or bird keeper.

Spicer: spice merchant.

Spindle and Fly Maker: made spinning machine components.

Spinner: worked in the textile industry, spinning yarn.

Spinster: an unmarried woman or girl of marriageable age. Derives from the original meaning of a woman who span wool at home for a living, thereby living independently of a man.

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Spirit Merchant: sold wines and spirits.

Spit Boy: a kitchen worker, who turned spits in the fireplace to rotate food so that it cooked evenly.

Spittleman: hospital attendant or Porter.

Splitter: a woodcutter or stonecutter.

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