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Ash Gatherer
« on: Wednesday 19 April 17 16:58 BST (UK) »
Hello, would anyone know what an Ash Gatherer does, there is very little about the term on Google and I can't find any mention in any old occupation lists. I've seen one reference to it possibly being a refuse collector and another to someone who collects wood ash to make soap, but nothing definitive. It does seem to have been an occupation that is mentioned a few time in the Census.
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Re: Ash Gatherer
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 19 April 17 17:12 BST (UK) »
How odd...I can't find a reference either  ???
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Re: Ash Gatherer
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 19 April 17 17:16 BST (UK) »
Another name for Ashman, dustman. Or potash collector?
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
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EVERITT Colchester,  Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
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Re: Ash Gatherer
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 19 April 17 17:16 BST (UK) »
There are many references to "Ash Gatherers" in the newspapers relating to collecting ashes from houses etc.
Gatherer is another word for Collector.
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Re: Ash Gatherer
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 19 April 17 17:34 BST (UK) »
That's something else I have learned today  ;D
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Re: Ash Gatherer
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 19 April 17 18:08 BST (UK) »
I don't know if this is any help , I remember older generations referring to the dustmen as ashmen. Also if you remember the old bins had written on them  ' no hot ashes' so there seems to be a connection to me.

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Re: Ash Gatherer
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 20 April 17 15:18 BST (UK) »
Thanks for all the replies, the gathering of ash seems to make sense, but for what purpose? Just to clean out fireplaces, or to use to actually make something? The reference that I found regarding using ash to make soap was an American one, did this happen in the UK?
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