Dictionary of Old Occupations

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Definitions of jobs Willeyer -Wyrth

Willeyer: worked in the textile industry, operating a willeying machine.

Willow Feeder: worked in cotton or woollen mills.

Wincey Weaver: a Weaver who used string cotton thread.

Winder: worked in the textile industry, winding yarn from bobbins so it could be used for weaving, or someone who worked in the mining industry operating the winding gear.

Windster: wove silk.

Winner: worked in the mining industry, the term refers to the man who opened a new pit or coal face.

Wire Drawer: produced wire.

Wireworker: crafted wire cages, grills and other items.

Withy Peeler: peeled bark from willow, which could then used for making goods such as woven baskets. Osier means willow, withy is a willow stem. English thatched cottages are made from withy. Withy is also used in gardening. The term withy can refer to any flexible rod used in rural crafts.

Woad Dyer: dyed blue cloth using woad.

Wobster: an alternate name for a Weaver.

Wonkey Scooper: operated a horse-drawn scoop.

Wood Ranger: a woodsman.

Wood Ward: another name for a Wood Ranger.

Woodbreaker: produced casks and barrels from wood.

Wool Billy Piecer: Collected and joined broken yarns in a textile mill.

Wool Burler: responsible for quality control in the production of woollen cloth, by removing foreign bodies, knots and burrs.

Wool Comber: a textile worker who operated machinery to separate fibres ready for spinning.

Wool Driver: a delivery man who took wool to market.

Wool Factor: an agent who wholesaled wool for a wool merchant.

Wool Grower: a farmer who produces wool from sheep.

Wool Sorter: responsible for quality control in the production of wool fibres.

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Wool Stapler: similar to a Wool Sorter.

Wool Winder: wound yarn into balls of wool.

Woolsted Man: sold worsted (woollen) cloth).

Worsted Man: another name for a Woolsted man.

Wrecker: a criminal who lured ships onto the rocks in order to loot them.

Wright: a skilled craftsman.

Writer: a scribe or Clerk.

Wyrth: a common Labourer.

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