Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Cab Driver - Cardroomer

Cab Driver: drove a type horse drawn buggy known as a hansom cab which replaced hackney carriages as an early taxi service. Cab is short for cabriolet.

Cabbie: familiar term for a Cab Driver, who drove a hansom cab.

Cabsman: alternate term for a Cab Driver, who drove a hansom cab.

Cad: worked at coaching inns to look after horses (supervised by the Ostler).

Caddie: an errand boy / gofer.

Caddy Butcher: sold horse meat products.

Cadger: a Peddler or beggar.

Cafender: a carpenter.

Caffler: a Rag and Bone man or a slang term for a rogue.

Cainer: made or sold walking sticks.

Caird: a Tinker; a traveller who repaired kitchenware for cash.

Calciner: burnt bones to produce powdered lime.

Calender Operator: operated a machine with large rollers used to smooth paper for writing or printing, or to smooth cloth.

Calenderer: alternate term for a Calender Operator, who operated a machine to roll and smooth paper or cloth.

Calico Printer: a person who coloured or printed calico, a brightly coloured cloth.

Caller: alternate term for a Knocker-up, who went house to house waking up factory workers for their shifts.

Cambric Maker: wove cambric, which is a closely woven white flax cloth or linen which could be embroidered.

Camerist: unverified - according to numerous internet lists means a Lady’s Maid.

Camister: slang term for Priest.

Camlet Merchant: a seller of camlet, which is a valuable cloth that may have been originally woven from goat or camel hair.

Camp Follower: a civilian who trailed after soldiers in order to sell goods or services not provided by the army.

Campaner: forged large bells for use in churches etc.

Canal Puddler: an iron worker, or someone who lined newly built canals with a coating of clay to make them watertight, and also repaired leaks.

Canaller: a canal worker.

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Candler: a person who used tallow (animal fat) to produce candles.

Cane Seller: sold canes to be used for corporal punishment (to beat naughty children!)

Caner: a weaver and repairer of cane chairs.

Cannoneer: an artillery gunner in the armed forces. The term dates back to the late 1500s.

Cantor: led a church choir.

Canting Caller: an auctioneer.

Canvaser: a producer of canvas. Sometimes spelled Canvasser.

Caper: maker of caps. Also known as a Capper.

Capillaire Maker: made capillaire, which is a clear syrup flavoured with orange flower water. Capillaire is added by confectioners to their products.

Carbonarius: a coalminer, or a charcoal maker.

Card Maker: made the combs used for carding wool and cotton, or made the punched loom-cards used by Jacquard looms.

Card Nailer: produced or maintained the teeth (nails) on the carding machines.

Card Nailorer: another term for a Card Nailer, who maintained the teeth of carding machines (textile industry term)

Carder: carded or combed the wool / cotton between large steel combs known as Cards to align the fibres ready for spinning.

Cardroomer: a worker employed in the carding room of woollen/cotton mills.

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