Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Back Tenter - Banksman

Back Houseboy: a young male Domestic Servant working in the kitchen or scullery.

Bag Stitcher: a 19th century occupation, person employed in a saltworks to sew up bags / sacks of salt prior to dispatch.

Back Tenter: often a small child who cleared away loose fibre / rubbish from behind the working weaving looms, this was noisy and dangerous job.

Back Washer: cleaned wool as part of worsted manufacture. Worsted cloth is made from yarn of the same name and is associated with the English village of Worstead in Norfolk.

Backmaker: alternative term for a Cooper. More recently, may refer to someone working in the clothing industry, operating a sewing machine to assemble the backs of jackets and similar items.

Badger: a Hawker or seller of food.

Badgy Fiddler: boy trumpeter, a Private in the British Army.

Bagman: travelling salesman.

Bagniokeeper: In England prior to 1740 referred to the keeper of a coffee house which offered Turkish baths. The term evolved to refer to brothel keepers.

Bag Room Boy: odd job boy in the pottery industry who helps sort the bags for the press, which was used to remove moisture from the slip to make clay.

Bailie: alternate term for Bailiff, an officer of the court.

Bailiff: an officer of the court who maintained order in the courtroom, or in charge of a manor, town, castle, county etc. with the power to collect fines or take people into custody.

Baillie: alternate term for Bailiff, an officer of the court.

Bairman: Scottish legal term for a person who is a Pauper, i.e. left bare.

Baker Maker: in the pottery industry he hand-pressed clay to produce oval dishes.

Bal Maiden: a female surface worker in the mining industry.

Balancer: worked in coal mines, operating a coal hauling system.

Baler: a person who baled hay, or a mill worker who operated a hydraulic press to bale cotton.

Ballad Monger: alternate term for a Poetaster; a person who wrote or ballads, or who sold printed ballad sheets.

Ballast Heaver: a physical labourer loaded empty ships with ballast, which reduced the chance of capsizing in high winds.

Ballast Master: man in charge of ballasting vessels, in charge of Ballast Heavers.

Baller: measured out balls of clay for the thrower. (pottery industry term).

Baller Up: alternate term for a Baller in the potter industry.

Ballista Archer: military occupation, man who used an early form of the crossbow.

Balloon Blower: late 19th or early 20th century occupation, working in bicycle manufacture. The term balloon refers to rubber inner tubes.

Bandsman: an instrument player in a military band, or a worker in the coal mining industry who operated hoisting gear.

Bandster: seasonal worker (Harvest time) who binds wheat sheaves ready for stacking after the Reapers have cut them.

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Bang Beggar: a Constable who carried a large stick (slang), or an Officer of the Parish who set a limit to the amount of time strangers could stay.

Bank Manager: supervisor at a coal mine.

Bank odd man: odd job man (Labourer) in the pottery industry.

Banker: a surface worker in the coal mining industry, or a drainage ditch digger.

Banksman: unloaded cages when they reached the surface of a coalmine and signalled the descent of the workmen / cage.

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