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Female Occupation
« on: Sunday 01 October 17 13:07 BST (UK) »
The attached is to be seen frequently in 1841 as a female occupation in Redbourn, Herts.
In other censuses, straw hat plaiter is to be seen in this locality. Would anyone agree that "pl" might have the same meaning or is there another possibility? Thanks for any help, Tby.

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Re: Female Occupation
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 01 October 17 13:14 BST (UK) »
It's not on the official 1841 list but I would think it would be short for plaiter -  one who
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   Make straw plaits for hat making


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Re: Female Occupation
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 01 October 17 13:53 BST (UK) »
Interesting to know there is an official list of occupations. Where is this to be found?
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Re: Female Occupation
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 01 October 17 14:15 BST (UK) »
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=537948.0

census abbreviations for occupations on this thread linked  (see reply 2)

My own opinion on  your query is that it could possibly be "cl" abbrev for clerk with an "x" marked through it.

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Re: Female Occupation
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 01 October 17 14:27 BST (UK) »
Full details here:

http://www.genuki.org.uk/files/eng/LIN/census_abbrev.txt

Re 'clerk'  ~ I thought it might be Cl at first  but given the previous occ was Ag Lab, I opted for Pl.

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Added - I still like this one:

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One farm labourer, who lived in a shed in the farmer's garden, described
his relationship to the head of household as 'friendly'!
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Re: Female Occupation
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 01 October 17 14:31 BST (UK) »
I can follow your logic Gadget but "clerk" in this rural community seems a bit unlikely as also are several clerks in one family. Thanks nevertheless for airing an alternative. T

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Re: Female Occupation
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 01 October 17 14:36 BST (UK) »
I can follow your logic Gadget but "clerk" in this rural community seems a bit unlikely as also are several clerks in one family. Thanks nevertheless for airing an alternative. T

Think you may have misunderstood. I was arguing against Clerk, Toby - stated by previous poster



My own opinion on  your query is that it could possibly be "cl" abbrev for clerk with an "x" marked through it.

I said in my first reply:

It's not on the official 1841 list but I would think it would be short for plaiter -  one who
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   Make straw plaits for hat making


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Re: Female Occupation
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 01 October 17 14:47 BST (UK) »
Accepted. Enumerators and other officials were to free with their pencils. Frequently an age entry is quite illegible. T