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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Occupation?
« on: Saturday 18 September 21 11:12 BST (UK)  »
In case anyone's interested in "Back Piccadilly" you'll find it just SW of centre here - https://luna.manchester.ac.uk/luna/servlet/detail/maps002~1~1~338859~123079:%3Ca-rel=-license--href=-http---creat?sort=reference_number%2Ctitle - that was in 1945 and, looking at Google earth, much of it is still there but, alas, not the house Elizabeth Kennedy lived in.

The night soil men were known in these parts as the "Midnight Mechanics" and, so I'm told, they emptied the cans of waste into a large tank on the back of a wagon. The story goes that, one night, one of them was seen leaning over with his hand in the tank and his mate asked what he was doing? "I've dropped me jacket" came the reply. "Well, you won't be for wearing that again" said his mate. "I know" came the reply. ".... but me dinner's in t'pocket".

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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Occupation?
« on: Friday 17 September 21 17:02 BST (UK)  »
There were 4 of them at that address and another 3 two doors away. Other pages have other "euphomisms".

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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Occupation?
« on: Friday 17 September 21 13:09 BST (UK)  »
It’s one of the many processes in felt hat manufacturing and involves rolling freshly made wet felt between blankets in order to shrink it. The factory had a machine to do it but never used it.

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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Occupation?
« on: Thursday 16 September 21 22:56 BST (UK)  »
I digress- on a 1950’s / 60’s show,  A sagger maker’s bottom knocker ——it was something like “ Guess my line”, unusual occupations.
That one was to do with the potteries ,a sagger being something to do with unfired pots,and a frame they were transported on to the kilns.
Any clarification welcome.
Viktoria.

http://www.thepotteries.org/bottle_kiln/saggar.htm

My grandfather was a “planker”.

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The Common Room / Re: New Series of WDYTYA
« on: Thursday 16 September 21 22:53 BST (UK)  »
I’ve heard of Ed Balls and Judi Dench. I have no particular wish to ever hear about the rest.

“Celebrity” - a person who is famous for being famous!

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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Occupation?
« on: Thursday 16 September 21 16:14 BST (UK)  »
In 1901 she was  a General Servant (domestic)  -  3351/16/23

I'm sure that there were dressmakers who made dresses and those who didn't!

I assume that's her in 1901 - still showing as married, rather than widowed in 1911. It's really her husband George I'm trying to track down. He was born Shropshire c.1876 - never registered - and they married in Congleton in 1895. Where was he in 1901? I think he may have there died in 1903 - the info I have is all very sketchy. I can't even be sure I have the right Ann - this one was was around 19 years older than George

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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Occupation?
« on: Thursday 16 September 21 11:24 BST (UK)  »
That’s presumably the enumerators interpretation of “goes out working”?

I believe the traditional interpretation of “working girl” was “dressmaker”!

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The Lighter Side / Unusual Occupation?
« on: Thursday 16 September 21 09:59 BST (UK)  »
Ann Binnersley's occupation on the 1911 - "Goes out working" - the mind boggles!

https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1911England&indiv=try&h=21037116

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Family History Beginners Board / Re: Tracing a ship's voyages
« on: Friday 10 September 21 17:52 BST (UK)  »
The traditional way of doing it is by reference to Lloyd’s List - I remember following my grandfathers travels some years ago.

If things are the same now as then, you’ll first need to find a convenient archive which holds copies of it and you might also need to refer to ships by their official number rather than name.

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