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Offline andrewalston

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Work you're glad to be out of
« on: Tuesday 24 May 05 18:44 BST (UK) »
Anyone come across occupations you are glad don't exist any more, or are done differently these days?

One census sheet I came across listed a lad's occupation as Rivet carrier.
That's the person who carries white-hot rivets from the furnace to the piece being worked on (usually a boiler) to be hammered into shape. The aim is to be quick about it, not letting the rivet cool.

The lad was ten years old.
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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Re: Work you're glad to be out of
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 24 May 05 19:38 BST (UK) »
One of mine was a "Coal Miner - horsedriver, below ground".  All those poor pit ponies - not to mention the men!

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Jowett & Broadbent in Leeds.
Perry, Hartshorn/e & Wilkes in Birmingham & Dudley. Walker and Dabill in Sheffield & Notts.
Farrar in Darlington & Leeds.
Kidd & Taylor in Hartlepool & Teesside
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Re: Work you're glad to be out of
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 24 May 05 21:14 BST (UK) »
Yes, my Dad's mother's side were miners, the children had a terrible time and many lost their lives in underground accidents.

All the jobs which involved people inhaling toxic fumes i.e. asbestos makers, match makers, dyers, and even cotton factory workers who daily inhaled cotton dust.

No wonder so many died so young.

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Barnett Altrincham/Manchester
Bates Hindley Lancs
Bowyer Altrincham Cheshire
Cunliffe Hindley
Hollingworth Hale Barnes/Mobberley Ches
Jones Salford/Altrincham
Ramsdale Hindley Lancs
Timperley Warburton/Dunham Massey
Yarwood Great Budworth,Lymm,Dumham Massey

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Re: Work you're glad to be out of
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 29 May 05 22:25 BST (UK) »
I would hate to be a night soilman, (a person employed to empty cesspits, ashpits and backyard toilets).

Yuck!

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Notts: Burrows, Comery, Foster, Beeson, Haynes, Swan.  Derbys: Burrows, Comery, Smith  Lincs: King.  Warks & Salop: Swan, Duffy.  Dublin: Duffy, Geraghty, Burgess.  Monmouth: Lewis

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Re: Work you're glad to be out of
« Reply #4 on: Monday 30 May 05 12:10 BST (UK) »
Or a PURE collector.

Dog poo to you, mind I still do that with my own dog but not dogs belonging to other people.

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Norfolk: Gooch, Loveday, Lake, Betts
Suffolk: Gooch, Crosby, Turner
Hampshire: Laws, Burrows
Kent: Beer
Jersey: Barette, de Gruchy
East London: Middleton, Gower, O'Farrell, Smith, Weston

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Re: Work you're glad to be out of
« Reply #5 on: Monday 30 May 05 12:33 BST (UK) »
I would also hate to be an executioner, hangman or the person that cleared up the mess afterwards.

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Notts: Burrows, Comery, Foster, Beeson, Haynes, Swan.  Derbys: Burrows, Comery, Smith  Lincs: King.  Warks & Salop: Swan, Duffy.  Dublin: Duffy, Geraghty, Burgess.  Monmouth: Lewis

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Re: Work you're glad to be out of
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 25 June 05 14:55 BST (UK) »
Anyone come across occupations you are glad don't exist any more, or are done differently these days?

One census sheet I came across listed a lad's occupation as Rivet carrier.
That's the person who carries white-hot rivets from the furnace to the piece being worked on (usually a boiler) to be hammered into shape. The aim is to be quick about it, not letting the rivet cool.

The lad was ten years old.


Andrew, I think I've just come across this lad, and he might be a relative! Was he Frederick Towell living in Greenwich in 1861, son of George Towell, boilermaker?

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Linberry, Chatfield, Faulkner, West in West Sussex<br />Towell, in Shoreditch and Exeter<br />Spurling from Norfolk<br />Bateson from Norfolk<br />Snell, Lorkin, Norman from Suffolk<br />O'Boyle/Boyle from Donegal<br />Murray, McCann, Gunn from Sutherland<br />Davis, Bute from Woolwich<br /><br />Census information contained in this post is Crown copyright:  www.NationalArchives.gov.uk