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Lithographer: a printer. Lithographic printing has existed since the late 18th century.
Litster: alternate spelling of Lister, a dyer.
Litterman: worked in a stables caring for horses.
Little Sister of the Poor: you may see this term in the profession or occupation column on a census return. It refers to a female member of staff working for a Roman Catholic religious order who cared for the elderly. The order was founded in the 19th century.
Liveryman: man who worked at a livery caring for horses.
Loader: loaded goods onto rail carriages or boats for transport.
Loblolly Boy: a surgeons attendant on a ship.
Lock Keeper: operates canal locks.
Lockeer: made or repaired locks, a locksmith.
Locker: worked at a HM Customs warehouse in charge of the King’s Locks.
Lodesman: a pilot (of boats). ‘Lode’ means a course of water.
Logwood Grinder: ground logwood to make dye.
Long Song Seller: prevalent in London, Long Song Sellers were either street beggars or pedlars of printed song lyrics.
Longshoreman: loads and unloads cargo at a port.
Looker: an inspector.
Loom Sweeper: a highly dangerous job usually performed by a child. Worked in the textile industry, dashing under the moving machinery to collect waste. Tony Robinson explained more about this on his 'Worst jobs in History' TV show.
Loom Winder: worked in the textile industry in charge of loom winding units.
Looper: worked in the textile industry operating a looping machine. Traditionally, the word ‘looper’ was used to an instrument such as a bodkin for making loops in yarn.
Lorimer: made horse harnesses, in particular bits and metal attachments.
Lormer: alternate spelling of Lorimer, maker of horse harnesses.
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Lot Seller: a street vendor or stallholder.
Lotter: a Crofter who worked a lot of farmland.
Lum Swooper: a Chimney Sweep.
Lumper: a Stevedore, or a taxonomist.
Lungs: an assistant to an Alchemist who worked the bellows.
Lurryman: wagon or horse drawn lorry driver.
Luthier: a craftsman who made and maintained string instruments such as violins etc.
Lyner: alternate spelling of Liner, a textile worker.
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