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Feather Wife: a female Feather Beater, who was responsible for cleaning feathers.
Featherman: merchant who sold feathers.
Feeder: a shepherd or Cowherd.
Feller: a forester, lumberjack or woodcutter.
Felling Hand: Worked in the tailoring industry, responsible for hand-stitching the lining to a garment, or for decorative stitching over the seam of an item of clothing. You may see felling on a modern pair of jeans, for example, or on military dress uniforms.
Fellmonger: one of the oldest occupations, a fellmonger was a merchant who sold hides and skins, in particular sheepskin. Also cured and prepared animal skins for tanning. May well have belonged to a guild. The term may occasionally be confused with Feller in census results.
Fellowship Porter.: a member of a group of London porters, a guild of manual labourers who moved measurable goods such as coal or grain between warehouses and ships on the river Thames, or between warehouses and other premises.
Felter: probably working in the hat trade, worked with felt which is a non-woven material made of matted, condensed and pressed fibres.
Feme: wife or housewife.
Fence: traded in stolen goods.
Fence Viewer: inspected fencing on farm borders.
Fender Smith: made and / or sold metal fireguards.
Fent Dealer: sold offcuts of fabric or cloth.
Feroner: smelted iron at a forge.
Ferreter: a man who hunted with ferrets, e.g. hunting rabbits, or a person in the textile industry who made or used narrow pieces of tape to bind the edge of fabric.
Ferryman: operated a ferry to allow people to cross waterways.
Festitian: a physician, probably a misspelling.
Fettler: ground or sanded imperfections from ceramic castings, or a person who filed needle points.
Feuar: Scottish term meaning owner of property or land.
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Fewster: a Saddle-tree Maker. Saddle trees were made from wood covered with leather and used to support the rest of the horse saddle.
Fewterer: keeper and handler of hunting hounds, often greyhounds.
Feydur Beater: alternate title for the occupation of Feather Beater, who cleaned feathers for sale.
Fictor: a modeller or person who sculpted clay.
Fiddler: worked in the pottery industry. Used a fiddle knife to tidy up flashing from newly made clay goods.
Field Master: parish inspector of fences, hedges and boundaries, or a person in charge of a field of hay or grain crops.
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