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Willeyer: worked in the textile industry, operating a willeying machine.
Willow Feeder: worked in cotton or woollen mills.
Wincey Weaver: a Weaver who used string cotton thread.
Winder: worked in the textile industry, winding yarn from bobbins so it could be used for weaving, or someone who worked in the mining industry operating the winding gear.
Windster: wove silk.
Winner: worked in the mining industry, the term refers to the man who opened a new pit or coal face.
Wire Drawer: produced wire.
Wireworker: crafted wire cages, grills and other items.
Withy Peeler: peeled bark from willow, which could then used for making goods such as woven baskets. Osier means willow, withy is a willow stem. English thatched cottages are made from withy. Withy is also used in gardening. The term withy can refer to any flexible rod used in rural crafts.
Woad Dyer: dyed blue cloth using woad.
Wobster: an alternate name for a Weaver.
Wonkey Scooper: operated a horse-drawn scoop.
Wood Ranger: a woodsman.
Wood Ward: another name for a Wood Ranger.
Woodbreaker: produced casks and barrels from wood.
Wool Billy Piecer: Collected and joined broken yarns in a textile mill.
Wool Burler: responsible for quality control in the production of woollen cloth, by removing foreign bodies, knots and burrs.
Wool Comber: a textile worker who operated machinery to separate fibres ready for spinning.
Wool Driver: a delivery man who took wool to market.
Wool Factor: an agent who wholesaled wool for a wool merchant.
Wool Grower: a farmer who produces wool from sheep.
Wool Sorter: responsible for quality control in the production of wool fibres.
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Wool Stapler: similar to a Wool Sorter.
Wool Winder: wound yarn into balls of wool.
Woolsted Man: sold worsted (woollen) cloth).
Worsted Man: another name for a Woolsted man.
Wrecker: a criminal who lured ships onto the rocks in order to loot them.
Wright: a skilled craftsman.
Writer: a scribe or Clerk.
Wyrth: a common Labourer.
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