Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Hatcheler - High Sheriff

Hatcheler: variation of Hackler, a person who used a hackle for dressing materials such as flax etc.

Hatter: person who made or sold hats.

Hawker: a travelling Pedlar who sold wares on the street, or a person who trained hawks for hunting.

Haymonger: sold hay.

Hayrester: made garments from horse hair.

Hayward: repaired and maintained fences, hedges and walls. Could have been employed by a Parish, or may have worked on an estate to keep out poachers.

Headborough: a petty Constable, a village leader, or the chief officer of a borough.

Headsman: an executioner who beheaded condemned prisoners.

Headswoman: midwife.

Heald Knitter: worked in the textile industry. The word 'heald' refers to the wires to which the end of the warp is attached through an eyelet in the wire for weaving on a loom.

Healder: alternate term for a Heald Knitter in the textile industry.

Heck Maker: made yarn guides for feeding yarn into a spinning machine.

Heckler: alternate spelling of Hackler, a person who used a hackle for dressing materials such as flax etc.

Heddle Manufacturer: made heddles, a part of a loom made from wire or cord.

Heddler: worked in the textile industry, drew the warp thread through heddle into the loom.

Hedge Looker: responsible for repairing and maintaining hedges and fences.

Hedger: a gardener who trimmed and maintained hedges.

Heelmaker: made heels for footwear.

Hellier: a Slater, Thatcher or roof Tiler.

Helper-up: a boy working in the mining industry. Assisted Putters to push mining carts up steep inclines.

Hemp Heckler: alternate term for a Hackler or Hatcheller in the textile industry. Presumably worked with hemp.

Henchman: a follower, attendant or servant. Its earliest use was in the form of 'Hengest' which referred to Saxon chieftains. In medieval times Henchman referred to a horse groom, but this meaning died out by the 17th century.

Hensman: alternate term for a Henchman, meaning a follower, attendant or squire.

Henter: a rogue or thief.

Herald: an expert in heraldry, or a medieval occupation for a person who made pronouncements.

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Hetheleder: dealt in heather, which was used for fuel.

Hewer: a woodcutter (hewed wood) or a mine worker (hewed the coal face).

Higgler: a travelling Pedlar, possible derives from 'Haggler' - a person who haggles.

High Sheriff: the King’s judicial representative in a county.

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