Now aren’t you glad you don’t have to do these old-fashioned jobs?
- bottom-knocker – an apprentice who helped make saggars (clay containers)
- bummaree – a middleman seller at fish markets
- cats-meat man – one who roamed the streets selling pet food
- caulker – a tradesman who ensured the hulls of boats were watertight
- cinder-wench – a scullery maid who was in charge of a house’s fires
- crossing sweeper – one who kept roads clean and dry for pedestrians
- mudlark – one who combed river edges for scrap
- powdermonkey – a boy carrying powder to the gunners on a warship (a dangerous and thankless task)
- scullion – a kitchen servant or odd-job boy
- skinker – a man who looked after the barrells of beer in a taphouse (sounds like my kind of job – if a little hairy at closing time)
- silentiary – an official whose job was to ensure quiet in a public place
- wailer – a coal worker who removed stones and other impurities from loads
- pure-picker – one who collected dog’s excrement for use in leather tanning
What are your thoughts?