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WABSTER weaver
WADSETTER under Scottish law a creditor to whom a wadset is made; a wadset is a right, by which lands, or other heritable subjects, are impignorated by the proprietor to his creditor in security of his debt
WAGONER wagon or cart driver
WAILER one employed in the mines to remove the impurities from the coal
WAINWRIGHT builder or repairer of wagons
WAIT night watchman
WAKEMAN night watchman
WALKER cloth worker
WALLER one who built walls either brick or dry stone, also a person who worked making coarse salt
WANTCATCHER mole catcher
WANTER mole catcher
WARDER in charge of prisoners
WAREHOUSEMAN in charge of or employee in a warehouse
WARPER set the warp thread on the looms or employed to move boats by hauling on the warps (the ropes attached to the boats)
WARRENER in charge of a portion of land used for breeding rabbits and other small game
WASHMAN tin coater
WASTEMAN checked the old workings for gas and maintaining them in the mines or employed to remove waste
WATCH FINISHER assembled watches and clocks
WATCHMAN town official who guarded the streets at night
WATER BAILIFF official in charge of the fishing rights on a stretch of water
WATER CARRIER carted and sold fresh water
WATER GILDER trapped water fowl
WATER LEADER transported and sold fresh drinking water
WATER LEDER transported and sold fresh drinking water
WATER LODER transported and sold fresh drinking water
WATERMAN worked with or on boats usually on rivers
WATTLE HURDLE MAKER made a type of fence from wattle to keep the sheep in
WAULKMILLER cloth worker
WAY-MAKER employed to make roads
WAY MAN surveyor of roads
WEATHERSPY astrologer
WEBBER weaver (originally a female weaver)
WEBSTER weaver (originally a female weaver)
WEIGHER worked on the docks to weigh the cargo as it was unloaded
WELLMASTER one in charge of the local well with the responsibility of ensuring clean water for the village
WELL SINKER dug wells
WELL WRIGHT made the winding equipment used to raise the bucket in the well
WET GLOVER made leather gloves
WET NURSE woman employed to suckle the child of another (common practice with the rich)
WETTER dampened paper during the printing process or in the glass industry who detached the glass by wetting
WHACKER horse or oxen team driver
WHARFINGER owner of a wharf
WHEELER wheel maker, attended to the spinning wheel in the textile industry and one who led the pit ponies that pulled the tubs underground in the mines
WHEEL TAPPER railway worker who checked for cracked wheels by striking them with a long handled hammer and listening for a clear ring
WHEELWRIGHT maker or repairer of wagon wheels
WHEERYMAN in charge of a wheery (a small light rowing boat)
WHIG horse driver (Scottish term)
WHIPMAKER made whips
WHIPPERIN managed the hounds in a hunt
WHITEAR hide cleaner
WHITE LIMER plastered walls using lime and water plaster
WHITENER one who bleached cloth
WHITENING ROLL MAKER made the whitening used in whitening walls of cottages
WHITE SMITH tin smith
WHITESTER one who bleached cloth
WHITEWING Street sweeper
WHITSTER one who bleached cloth
WHITTAWER preparer of white leather
WHITTAWER one who made saddles and harness
WILLOW PLAITER one who made baskets etc
WILLOW WEAVER one who made baskets etc
WINDSTER silk winder
WOODBREAKER one who made wooden water casks
WOODRANGER in charge of the forest or woods
WOOD REEVE in charge of the forest or woods
WOODWARD in charge of the forest or woods
WOOLCOMBER operated machines that separate the fibres ready for spinning in woollen industry
WOOL DRIVER one who brought the wool to market
WOOLLEN BILLY PIECER worked in the woollen mills to piece together the broken yarns
WOOL FACTOR wool merchants agent
WOOL MAN one who sorted the wool into different grades
WOOL SORTER one who sorted the wool into different grades
WOOL STAPLER one who sorted the wool into different grades
WOOLSTED MAN a seller of woollen cloth (from worsted man)
WOOL WINDER one who made up balls of wool for selling
WORSTED MANUFACTURER one who made worsted
WORSTED SHEARMAN one who made worsted
WRIGHT maker or repairer of wagon wheels
WYRTH labourer

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