Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Horser - Huxter

Horser: worked in the pottery industry, shaping roofing tiles.

Horsler: a stableman, or an inn-worker who looked after horses.

Hosier: traded in knitwear, hose and stockings.

Hostelier: kept or owned an inn.

Hosteller: manager or owner of an inn.

Hostler: the original and more commonly meaning is the person who tended horses at an inn. This definition dates back to the 12th century. Occasionally Ostler / Hostler means the innkeeper himself. The word Ostler is still in use today, referring to a stable groom who cares for horses.

Hot House Man: worked in pottery industry, based in the warehouse where shaped, unfired wares were drying.

Hotpresser: operated a hotpressing machine, which were used to press paper or linen in order to provide a glossy, smooth surface.

House Boy: a young male domestic servant. The occupational title is sometimes shown as one word: Houseboy. In some countries it can specifically refer to a male housecleaner. It is also an old US slang term for a local lad hired by soldiers to do the laundry and similare domestic chores.

House Girl: a female Domestic housecleaner.

House Joiner: a skilled carpenter who made timber frames for housing.

House Wright: built housing.

Housekeeper: a woman who was a domestic servant in charge of all other female servants.

Howdy Wife: midwife.

Hoyman: navigates a hoy. A hoy was a small coastal vessel for hire to transport goods to larger vessels in port, or to transport passengers or goods across water.

Huckster: a travelling salesman who sold small items such as drink foodstuffs. The term can be used derogatorily to refer to a seller of poor quality goods.

Huffler: laboured on the canals, paid to assist boats through canal locks.

Huissher: alternate spelling of Huissier, a court usher.

Huissier: a court usher. Probably a French occupational title.

Huntsman: looked after hunting hounds, or managed the hunt.

Hurdleman: made wattle hurdles, which are fence panels usually woven from hazel or willow to a traditional pattern. Were used in decorative gardens such as stately homes.

Hurdler: alternate term for a Hurdleman, who made woven wooden fence panels.

Hurrier: a small, sometimes very young child working in coal mines to assist with hauling coal through small passages. Typically corves were drawn from up front and pushed from behind.

Husbandman: a granger or farmer; a person who tilled the ground.

Hush Shopkeeper: made money from the unlicensed sale of ale and beer which they brewed themselves.

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Huxter: alternate spelling of Huckster, a seller of small items.

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