Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Chamberlain - Chiffonnier

Chamberlain: the officer in charge of running a household.

Chambermaid: a Domestic Servant or Maid.

Chamber Master: a self employed maker or seller of shoes.

Chandler: the head of a chandlery, responsible for candles, soap and wax. See also: Ship Chandler.

Chanty Man: Sailor whose duties included leading shipboard singing of sea shanties.

Chapeler: hat maker, or hat seller.

Chapman: another name for a Ceapman.

Chapper: Knocked on doors to rouse workers from bed.

Char: a female house servant. An abbreviation of Charwoman.

Charcoal Burner: Produced charcoal by piling wood end to form a cone shape, with air flow from the bottom opening up through the centre. The pile was then covered in turf and burnt.

Chartmaster: Negotiated contracts in the mining industry, and supplied manpower.

Charwoman: A woman hired to work around the house - cleaning, tidying, mending etc.

Chaser: an engraver.

Chatelaine: a French name for a woman in charge of a large house.

Chaunter: a busker or street singer.

Cheapjack: a travelling salesman of low price household utensils.

Cheese Factor: a tradesman selling cheese.

Cheese Monger: another name for a Cheese Factor, who sold cheese.

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Check Weaver: worked in the textile industry, weaving checked cloth.

Check Weighman: worked in the mining industry, weighing the coal produced by a minor to determine how much the miner was paid.

Chevener: Embroidered silk stockings.

Chiffonnier: Made wigs.

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