Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Stenterer - Stretcher

Stenterer: a textile industry worker who operated machinery to finish cloth. Fabrics were carefully stretched over a machine called a stenter.

Step Boy: assisted passengers boarding or leaving coaches.

Stepper: a professional dancer.

Stevedore: a dock Labourer who loaded or unloaded cargo from ships.

Stick Finisher: mounts decorative fixings to walking sticks, or polished and dressed them.

Stick Maker: walking stick maker.

Still Room Maid: a maid who worked in the Still Room of a great house. The Distillery Room was known as the Still Room, where drinks and jam were made.

Stock Turner: made buttstocks for rifles.

Stockinger: a Hosier; produced and / or sold stockings and hosiery. Stockings were originally made from woven cloth, then later other materials such as silk or knitted wool etc.

Stoker: shovelled coal into boilers in trains, ships and factories.

Stone Dresser: took quarried stone and cut it into blocks or slabs, which could be used for building or paving.

Stone Hewer: alternative name for a Stone Dresser, or a worker in the mining industry.

Stone Picker: cleared stones from fields prior to the sewing of crops.

Stonewarden: civil engineer or highway surveyor.

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Stover: made animal feed from dried corn stalks, or a senior worker in the mining industry.

Stowyer: a worker in the fishing industry, responsible for looking after fishing nets.

Stravaiger: a tram, or out of work person.

Straw Joiner: made thatched roofing from straw.

Straw Plaiter: plaited or braided straw for use in making straw hat, which had a large brim and were worn to protect the eyes from sunlight whilst working outside.

Strawman: a professional liar, who bore false witness in trials. He wore a straw sticking from his shoe whilst standing outside courthouses to indicate his willingness to give false testimony.

Streaker: worked for an undertaker, laying out bodies for burial.

Street Boy: young boy who swept streets.

Street Orderly: swept the streets.

Stretcher: a worker in the textile industry who stretched woollen cloth across a wooden frame to ensure it did not shrink whilst drying.

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