Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Grecher - Gyp

Grecher: another name for a Grocer.

Greengrocer: retailed fruit and vegetables.

Greensmith: nickname for a Coppersmith. Green is the colour of oxidised copper.

Greenwich Barber: sold sand collected from the Greenwich pits, apparently. I have been unable to verify this one, but it is replicated in many internet based lists, including qi.com in 2008.

Greenwich Hospital Pensioner: by the year 1800, more than 2000 pensioners lived in Greenwich Hospital. It was the Navy’s oldest charity, providing financial support, housing and education to ex-Royal navy and Ex-Royal Marines personnel and their families. More than 20,000 ex-seamen passed through Greenwich Hospital between 1705 and 1869.

Grey Cloth Dealer: traded in Grey Cloth, which is the woven cotton fabric in it loom state, containing impurities and requires finishing to add value to the textile.

Grieve: Bailiff or Sheriff.

Grimbribber: another name for a lawyer.

Grinder: a door to door tradesman, sharpening knives and other cutting tools for households. Operated a grinding machine for this purpose.

Grocer: dealt in dried comestible goods, such as tea, sugar, spices, pepper.

Groom of the stool: wiped the King’s bottom. Yes, really. Actually a high status occupation. Also known as Groomer of the Stool.

Groom Porter: an office at a Tudor court. Operated a gaming hall with facilities such as cards, dice, bowling, billiards, tennis.

Groover: a miner. The term refers to a mine shaft.

Groundsel and Chickweed Seller: collected these weeds for free, often from public land, then sold them as bird food. A 19th century occupation. Groundsel may have been spelt as grunsell.

Guilderer: possibly a misspelling of gilderer, referring to making coins or applying gold and silver leaf to metal.

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Guinee Pig: a slang term for person paid a fee of one guinea, a British coin worth 21 shillings.

Gummer: operated a punch-cutting machine for sharpening saws.

Gun Filer: a weapon maker. Filed the metal barrels of rifles and pistols to remove imperfections.

Gun Percussioner: a weapon maker. In the 19th century, percussion caps replaced flintlocks as an improvement to the design of firearms.

Gun Stocker: a weapon maker. Produces and fitted wooden stocks to firearms.

Gynour: a misspelling of engineer.

Gyp: University of Cambridge term for a college servant, the equivalent term at Oxford is a 'scout'.

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