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Cordwainer: made a variety of goods from fine soft leather which originated from the Spanish city Cordoba. The term Cordwainer dates back to the 12th century. Down through the centuries the occupation evolved into being known as a maker of luxury boots and shoes.
Corfer: in charge of a corf used in the process of mining ore or coal. The term corf either referred to the large korf basket used to hoist coal / ore, or to a wooden sled or wheeled wagon used to move coal or ore around inside a mine.
Corn Chandler: a dealer in corn.
Corn Factor: bought and sold corn on behalf of others.
Corn Meter: a type of weights and measures inspector who ensured that the quantities of corn traded at market were accurately weighed.
Corn Porter: this occupation title usually refers to someone who worked at a dock. They unloaded corn from ships and moved it into storage, and vice versa.
Cornet: a standard bearer in the British cavalry prior to 1871. This was the lowest rank of commissioned officer in a British cavalry troop at that time.
Corsetier: a tailor specialising in making corsets.
Corver: alternate spelling of Corfer, a mining industry worker.
Coster Wife: female Costermonger, selling green vegetables, fruit and fish.
Costermonger: sold green vegetables, fruit and fish.
Coteler: alternate spelling of Cutler, who made or sharpened cutlery including knives, swords and edged tools.
Cotiler: alternate spelling of Cutler, who made or sharpened cutlery including knives, swords and edged tools.
Cotiler: alternate spelling of Cotter, who worked in agriculture.
Cottager: alternate spelling of Cotter, who worked in agriculture.
Cottar: alternate spelling of Cotter, who worked in agriculture.
Cotter: British term for a peasant farmer, or for a person renting a small cottage and paid to assist with work on the landlord's farm.
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Cottier: alternate spelling of Cotter, who worked in agriculture.
Cotton Baller: operated a balling machine to wind cotton into balls.
Cotton Dresser: worked in the textile industry, preparing cotton threads so they could be woven.
Cotton Feeder: a textile industry worker who fed cotton into a carding machine.
Cotton Rover: a textile industry worker, transferred cotton yarn onto bobbins.
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