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Chamberlain: the officer in charge of running a household.
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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