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Friar: a wandering monk.
Frieser: made decorative plaster friezes.
Friezer: operated a friezing machine in the textile industry.
Fringemaker: made decorative fringes in the textile industry.
Fripper: sold used clothing, a Fripperer.
Fripperer: sold second hand clothes.
Friseur: a hairdresser or coiffeur. Derives from the French word meaning ‘to curl’.
Fritter: worked in the pottery industry, mixed ingredients for glaze.
Frobisher: burnished metal, e.g. an armourer rubbing armour with chains until it is bright.
Fruiterer: a fruit seller.
Fruitestere: woman who sold fruit.
Fueller: a wood or charcoal seller.
Fulker: a Pawnbroker.
Fuller: cleaned and thickened woven clothing to eliminate dirt, oils and impurities.
Fulling Miller: milled Fuller’s Earth, a clay mined for the purpose of purifying and degreasing materials.
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Fumigator: fumigated houses, a form of pest control, filling the air with gaseous pesticides.
Funambulist: a rope dancer or tightrope walker.
Funeral Coachman: drove Victorian funeral coaches.
Furbisher: alternate term for a Frobisher, who polished metal items.
Furnace Tender: alternate term for a Stoker, person who operated and fed fuel into a furnace.
Furnaceman: a furnace attendant or Furnace Tender.
Furner: a baker. Bakers used to run a communal oven on behalf of a landlord and allow housewives to bring in dough they had made in order to bake it into bread.
Furnisher: a furniture dealer.
Furrier: dealt in animal fur.
Fustian Cutter: cut fustian, a stout fabric worn by workers in the 19th century.
Fustian Loom Jobber: repaired and maintained machinery for making fustian.
Fustian Weaver: wove fustian, a heavy woven cotton fabric used for mens clothing. Fustian was also known as bombast.
Fuyster: alternate spelling of Foisterer, a joiner.
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