Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Cobbleman - Combere

Cobbleman: fished from a coble, which is a fishing boat with a flat floor originally used off the coast of Yorkshire.

Cobbler: shoemaker / mender.

Cockboatman: operated a small riverboat, sometimes used near the shoreline.

Cockfeeder: fed fighting cocks, known as fighting roosters in the US. The sport dates back millennia.

Cockspur Maker: made spurs designed to be attached to the legs of fighting cocks. The spurs had long curved spikes made of silver and were designed to injure opponent birds in a fight.

Cocus: Latin term for a cook, derives from the word coquus.

Cod Placer: worked in the pottery industry, loaded containers of unfired pottery into the kiln.

Coffin Maker: produced wooded coffins.

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Coffineer: prepared corpses for burial or cremation.

Cohen: refers to a priest. Comes from the Hebrew word kohen.

Coiner: stamped coins in a mint.

Coke Drawer: retrieved coke produced by burning coal. Coke was commonly used as a fuel, or to smelt iron ore.

Collar Maker: operated machinery to create collars for clothing such as shirts, or a person who made the part of a horse harness known as a horse collar.

College Porter: a member of staff in a college of one of the famous universities.

Collier: a broad term encompassing many jobs working in coal mines or in transporting coal.

Colliery Doorkeeper: alternate term for a Coal Trapper, who operated trap doors allowing the passage of carts in a coal mine.

Colliery Hanger: an alternative term for an Onsetter - responsible for attaching and removing corves at the bottom of a mine shaft or at designated stopping places.

Colonus: Latin for tiller of the soil.

Colour Man: mixed coloured dyes for use on textiles. The term may also refer to an assistant to a House Painter.

Colour Millman: worked in the pottery industry, mixing ground colours.

Colourator: person who worked with coloured dyes. The US spelling is of course Colorator.

Colporteur: itinerant trader carrying religious texts and books for sale.

Colt: alternate term for a Colt Labourer in the textile industry.

Colt Labourer: a term used to describe workers in the 19th century textile industry who had not completed the seven year apprenticeship.

Comb Maker: produced combs, which were originally made from wood, bone or later on, metal.

Comber: either combed wool, flax or yarn by hand, or operated a machine called a comber which had the same purpose.

Combere: alternate spelling of comber, person who combed wool, flax or yarn.

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