Hall Genealogy Old Occupation Names
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Updated Tue, 25-Feb-2014
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Lace Drawer Drew out the threads in lace making. Frequently child labour
Laceman Lace dealer. Commonly bought from the weavers in their homes, normally requiring them to have used his thread, and sold it at the lace markets
Lace-Master/Mistress Employed lace workers in factories or at home
Lace Runner Embroidered on lace
Lace Woman Lady's maid
Ladle Liner

In ore dressing, smelting, and refining, a person who repairs and re-lines pouring ladles used to transport molten metals, such as iron, steel, and copper.

Lagger Sailor
Lagraetmen Constable - contraction of Law Rightman
Lairman / Lairsman Looked after cattle during their brief stops at "lairages", which were the areas where cattle were temporarily housed while in transit to markets.
Lamplighter / Leerie Employed by the local council to go around the streets and light the (gas) street lamps, using a pole. Also often used to wake people up for work (as a "knocker-up")
Lamptrimmer In either Royal or Merchant Navy, originally responsible for keeping all oil lamps on the vessel in working order, later became a general assistant to the Boatswain and Storekeeper. A Petty Officer.
Lamp Exhauster Early 20c. Removed the air from the glass envelope of electric light bulbs. This is necessary to prevent the filament from burning up.
Lander Miner
Landwaiter / Landing Waiter Customs official overseeing landed goods from ships   More Info.
Lappett Maker Made machine embroidered textiles in which the design was worked into
the cloth by a series of needles
Lardner Keeper of the cupboard (larder)
Laster Shoe maker (from his use of a last)
Lath Render / River Someone who rends/rives (i.e splits) wood to form laths More Info


Brass worker. Latten was an alloy similar to brass
Lavender Washerwoman
Layer Paper mill worker - at a particular process
Leather Currier Tanned leather by incorporating oil or grease
Leavelooker Examined market foodstuffs - a sort of quality control
Leech Physician
Lederer Leather maker - from German
Legerdemainist Magician
Legger Canal boatman. (Barges had to be "legged" through tunnels by men lying flat on deck and "walking" along the roof or sides of the tunnel)
Leghorn Presser Pressed a type of straw hat known as a Leghorn
Leightonward Gardner. Leighton was the term for a garden
Lengthsman In rural areas, a lengthsman was a man who took pride in keeping his district neat and tidy, well swept and free from litter. On the canals, a lengthsman was responsible for patrolling his length, looking for leaks, seeing to routine maintenance, cutting back vegetation etc.
Letter Carrier The 18c. term for a postman, started in 1722
Letter of Apartments A person who had Apartments to let - (rent)
Licensed Messenger Licensed couriers who delivered messages and documents.
Licensed Victualler A Tavern or Innkeeper or Publican- term still used today for someone who runs a Pub (Public House)
Lighterman Works (still) on lighters - flat bottomed barges
Limeburner Burned limestone (calcium carbonate) in kilns to produce lime for farmers, quicklime for making mortar and for tanneries to remove hair from hides
Limner 1) Illuminator of books 2) Painter or drawer
Linener / Linen Draper Sold linens, calicos, flannels, blankets, sheets, sheetings, bed ticks, gloves, ribbons, fancy ties, scarves etc.
Liner / Lyner Flax dresser
Linesman (Ireland) Was engaged to look after a stretch of road.
Linkerboy / man Carried a "link" or torch to guide people through the streets at night for hire. (Licensed in early 19c). Sometimes applied to general manservant
Linman A Linman was a wholesale dealer in Flax/Hemp. The name is derived from Linen, which is made from these materials
Lister / Litster Dyer
Litterman Horse groom
Loaders In the Cheshire salt industry, men who transported salt from the storage place to the canal boats (or later, railway trucks) in barrows.   Highly dangerous, as they worked at high speed, and could easily fall many feet from the edge of the loading platform.
Loadsman / Lodesman Ship's pilot. Originally from the man "lodesman" who piloted a ship by heaving the lode (lead) to check the depth of water. Knowledgeable of the local waters, he navigated in this manner
Loblolly Boy 1) Ship surgeon's assistant 2) Errand boy
Locker 1) Employed in Customs bonded warehouses as a trusted person to keep charge of the elaborate locks [known as the King's - or Queen's] Locks 2) Fed a power driven flat lock machine with knitted fabrics etc 3) Separated and graded locks of fur in the hat trade 4) Cut and folded sheet tin before feeding it into a grooving machine 5) Worker in the mining industry
Lock Keeper (Still) Maintains and operates canal locks
Lofters In the Cheshire salt industry, men engaged in storing the salt in the stove house roof space, pushing the dried lumps up into the loft.
Logwood Grinder Made a dye from logwood for the textile industry
Long Song Seller Street seller of popular printed song sheets
Loom Sweeper Child (originally) or small adult employed crawling under weaving looms to clean, whilst in operation. Dangerous work
Loom Winder / Tender Tended winding units attached to looms that automatically wind yarn onto quills  More Info.

Someone employed to look after or inspect something. 'Looking' manufactured items or looking after shep.

Looper Operates a looping machine to close the opening in the toe of seamless hose or to join knitted garment parts
Loriner / Lorner 1) Maker of horse gear 2) Maker of small ironware 3) Wrought iron worker
Lotseller Street Seller
Lum Swooper (Scottish) Chimney sweep
Lumpers / Lumpmen 1) Lumpers - Dock worker unloading timber for a "Master Lumper" 2) Lumpmen/Lumpers - Makers of table salt or salt for the dairy industry
Lungs Alchemist's assistant who fanned the fire
Lurryman Driver of a lurry - lorry or truck today. Lurry was the former spelling.
Luthier Made and repaired stringed instruments
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