Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Tabernarius - Tawer

Tabernarius: Latin word for a retailer or shopkeeper. A taberna was originally a single roomed Roman shop located inside a big indoor market.

Tabler: ran a boarding house.

Tackler: worked in the textile industry, responsible for repairing weaving looms.

Tacksman: a Scottish occupation, refers to a land holder who leases land from the owner, and sub-let to tenant farmers. May have kept some of the land to work himself.

Tailors Baster: worked for a master tailor, responsible for tacking layers of fabric together temporarily so that sewing can proceed.

Taker In: alternate term for a Taker Off, a child working in a coal mine.

Taker Off: a child working in a mine. Detached containers from a rope pulley system.

Tallow Chandler: made and sold candles, possibly also sold soaps and oils.

Tally Clerk: kept a tally of inbound and outbound goods on the wharves.

Tally Fellow: an alternate term for a Tallyman.

Tallyman: can be used as an alternate term for a Tally Clerk. In Britain a Tallyman could refer to a census taker, or more commonly to the man who collected weekly payments from the poor when they bought goods under a hire purchase scheme.

Tambour Worker: alternate term for a Tambourer, who made Tambour lace.

Tambourer: made Tambour lace by using a hook to draw threads through a fine net stretched over a frame.

Tanbark Stripper: stripped bark from oak trees to be used as tanbark, which was used for tanning leather. Tanbark would be crushed and shred in edge mills in order to extract tannins for use in the leather industry.

Tanner: worked in a tannery, turning animal hide into leather.

Tanners Beamsman: worked in a tannery. After animal hide had been soaked in a lye or lime and water solution it was held over a wooden beam and scraped with a dull knife in order to remove first the flesh and fat, and then the hair. Finally the hide was stretched on a wooden frame to dry.

Taper Weaver: made or sold wicks for candles.

Taperer: person who bore a taper (candle) in religious ceremonies.

Tapicer: wove tapestries on a vertical loom. Comes from the French word tapisser. May also have woven carpets.

Tapiter: alternate term for a Tapicer, who wove carpets or tapestries.

Tapley: made wooden pegs used in the construction of buildings in medieval times.

Tapsman: a servant who was in charge of other servants.

Tapster: served alcoholic drinks; a barkeeper.

Tarboy: attended to cut sheep during the shearing process.

Tasker: can apply to anyone who did piece-work, often refers to someone who threshed corn with a flail as piece-work.

Tasseler: made decorative tassels which were applied to furniture.

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Taverner: person who kept a tavern; an innkeeper.

Tawer: alternate spelling of Tawyer, who made bleached leather.

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