Victorian Occupations – F

19th Century Occupations or job descriptions from Faber to Fuyster.

Faber artisan or workman, a smith.
Fabricator Someone who makes things
Factor An agent employed by merchants to transact business of buying and selling
Factor Agent Merchant for commission or factor, one who transacts business for another (usually absent).
Factory Engine Driver
Factory Girl A girl who works in a factory.
Factory Hand
Factory Labourer A general labourer who works in a factory.
Factory Lad A junior factory worker.
Fagetter made up faggots into bundles, seller of firewood
Faker Photographic assistant who added colour to photographs by hand before colour film was available.
Falconer or Falkner breeds, trains, or hunts with hawks
Fancy Bag Maker
Fancy Basket Liner
Fancy Basket Maker
Fancy Bonnet Maker
Fancy Boot Maker
Fancy Box Maker
Fancy Box Trimmer
Fancy Brush Drawer
Fancy Business Assistant
Fancy Cabinet Maker
Fancy Man pimp
Fancy Pearl Worker worked in mother-of-pearl making buttons or fancy goods
Fancy Plush Maker
Fancy Salesman
Fancy Silk Sceiner
Fancy Trimmer
Fancy Woman prostitute
Fanner A grain winnower.
Fanwright A maker and repairer of fans or winnowing baskets.
Farandman A stranger or traveller, especially a travelling merchant.
Farm bailiff
Farmaceutical Druggist Nowadays it’s a real word, however, in the 19th Century, this was probably a miss-spelling.
Farmer often descendant of the gentry; usually having servants and farm workers, or a tax-collector or bailiff.
Farmer, grazier A farmer who pastures and raises cattle.
Farrier A horse doctor, or a blacksmith, one who shoes horses
Farrier, Smith
Farrier’s Assistant Obvious really/td>
Faulkner A Falconer.
Fawkner trainer of falcons
Fear Nothing Maker A weaver of a special kind of thick woollen cloth known as fear-nought, used for protective clothing and lining portholes, walls, and doors of powder magazines on board ships.
Feather Beater Also Feather Cleaner; cleanser of feathers
Feather Brush Maker
Feather Curler curled feathers to prepare them for use in hat making etc
Feather Dresser cleaned and prepared feathers for sale
Feather Maker
Feather Man dealer in feathers and plumes
Feather Trade
Feather Wife woman who prepared feathers for use
Feather Worker
Feed Warehouse
Feeder A herdsman.
Fell monger One who removes hair or wool from hides in preparation for leather making, or a dealer in hides & sheepskins.
Feller A woodcutter, or a person who laid or felled seams in textiles.
Fellow of College
Felorship Porter
Felter worker in the hatting industry
Female Clerk
Fence Viewer A person who inspects farmer’s fences.
Feroner An ironmonger.
Ferreter Dealer in or manufacturer of ferret, or silk tape.
Ferur or Ferator A farrier or blacksmith.
Festitian Doctor or Physician
Fettler cleaned the machinery in woollen mills, removing accumulated fibres, grease, etc, or one who sharpened the fustian cutters knives, or a needlemaker who filed the needle to a point.
Feuar A holder of lands granted for services
Fever A blacksmith.
Fewster A maker of saddletrees.
Fewterer The keeper of hounds, for hunting or coursing. A keeper of greyhounds.
Feydur Beater A feather beater.
Field Master See Hayward
File Cutter – Maker a maker of files, involved the cutting of grooves on the file surface
Filler A person who filled bobbins in mills.
Filler in the Stick Trade
Fine Art Dealer
Fine Drawer One who is employed in tailoring to repair tears in the cloth. Invisible mending.
Finger Rug Maker
Finisher operated machine giving final touches to a manufactured article in various trades
Finisher’s Assistant assisted – obvious really
Fire Wood Cutter Also Firewood Cutter; cuts timber for firewood.
Fire Wood Dealer Also Firewood Dealer; Sold firewood.
Firebeater A person who tended the boilers that powered the machinery in a cotton mill.
Fireman
First Hand silk weaver who had his own loom (an outworker)
First Hand at Whitechapel Baths
Fiscere A fisherman.
Fish Carrier
Fish Cooper
Fish Curer cured fish
Fish Dealer
Fish Fag female fish monger
Fish Frier, Coffee
Fish Grader
Fish Hawker sold fish on the street
Fish Merchant
Fish Monger Also Fishmonger; someone who sold fish from a shop
Fish Packer
Fish Porter carried and delivered boxes of fish in the fish market
Fisher or Fishdryver A victualler
Fisherman/woman caught fish
Fishing Rod Maker
Fitter A common term for a person who assembled several portions of machinery together, or a coal broker.
Flagmaker
Flasher A specialist process worker in the glass industry.
Flatman Navigated a broad flat-bottomed boat used for transport, especially in shallow waters. Common in the salt trade.
Flauner A confectioner.
Flaxdresser prepared flax prior to spinning
Flesher A butcher or a person who worked in a tannery, or a nickname for a pimp.
Fleshewer A butcher.
Fleshmonger butcher or one who worked in a tannery
Fletcher One who made bows and arrows; arrowsmith
Floater A vagrant.
Floatman See Flatman.
Florist sold flowers from a shop
Flour Factor
Flower An archer (Flo-arrow).
Flower Hawker/Seller/Coster sold flowers on the street
Flower Maker made flowers (artificial)
Flower Worker worked in the flower trade; looking after growing flowers
Flush Binder, Book
Flusherman cleaned out water mains
Flute Maker
Flycoachman or Flyman driver of one-horse carriage hired by the day
Flying Stationer street broadsheet seller
Flyman Driver of a light vehicle hired out for carriage of passengers, or a theatre stage hand.
Fogger Petty chapman, carrying wares from village to village, or a middleman in the nail and chain trade, or an agricultural worker responsible for feeding the cattle, or a low class lawyer (Pettifogger).
Foister or Foisterer A joiner.
Folderist
Foot Boy A servant or attendant in livery.
Foot Maiden female servant
Foot Man Also Footman; servant who ran errands, or one who opened the doors for passengers
Foot Pad thief or robber
Foot Post letter carrier or messenger who travelled on foot
Foot Straightener In watchmaking, a person who assembled watch and clock dials.
Football Maker, Toy
Foreman a man in charge in almost any industry
Forestarius A forester.
Forester A game warden or forest ranger.
Forewoman A woman in charge in almost any industry
Forgeman, Smith or Forger blacksmith, worker at a forge
Forkner A falconer.
Fossetmaker who made faucets for ale-casks, etc
Foundry Delivery Clerk
Foundryman
Fower A street cleaner, sweeper.
Fowler or Fugler keeper or catcher of birds
Framar A farmer
Frame Maker Also Framemaker; Someone who made frames.
Frame Mounter mounted frames
Frame Spinner A worker on a loom.
Framer A person who made frames for houses.
Framework Knitter An operator of a machine which made hosiery. Originally a hand loom was used. Often abbreviated to FWK.
Freedman one released from slavery
Freeholder one who holds land by fee simple. In colonial times, a freeholder had the right to vote and hold public office.
Freeman one who held the full rights of citizenship, such as voting and engaging in business, and a man who had served his apprenticeship and who could then work at his trade in his own right.
Freemason stonecutter
French Polisher polished quality wooden furniture using French polish, wax or special lacquer
Frereman servant of the Friars.
Freser A maker of frieze, a rough plaster.
Freshwater Man A sailor who sailed boat on fresh water only or in the coastal trade.
Fret Cutter
Fret Lead Glazer
Frieght Porter
Frillings Maker
Fringe & Tassel Maker
Fringemaker A person who made fringes, ornamental borders of cloth.
Fripperer A buyer & seller of old clothes.
Friseur A hairdresser.
Frobisher or Furbisher remover of rust, a polisher of metal, eg. armour
Fruit Broker
Fruit Hawker sold fruit on the street
Fruit Sorter sorted fruit
Fruiterer or Fruit Salesman sold fruit from a shop
Fruitestere A female fruit seller.
Fulker A pawnbroker
Fuller fulls cloth; shrinks and thickens woollen cloth using fullers earth by moistening, heating, and pressing; one who cleans and finishes cloth
Fullers Earther
Funambulist A tightrope walker.
Funeral Coachman Drove a funeral coach or hearse.
Funeral Wreath Maker Made wreaths for funerals
Fur Cap Maker
Fur Cape Hand
Fur Cape Liner
Fur Cape Maker Made fur capes
Fur Cutter Cut fur
Fur Dealer Bought and sold fur and articles made from fur.
Fur Draper
Fur Dresser Dressed fur
Fur Hand
Fur Machinist Machined fur
Fur Puller Someone, usually women working at home, who removed the outer fur from a dur skin, leaving the soft, downy fur which lies close to the skin
Fur Skin Dresser
Fur Sewer Sewed fur
Fur Trimmer Trimmed fur
Furbisher, Furber or Furbour armor polisher, see Frobisher
Furnace Stoker
Furner baker
Furnisher Dealt in furniture
Furniture Broker
Furniture Japanner
Furniture Labourer A labourer in the furniture industry
Furniture Polisher
Furniture Upholsterer
Furrier seller, dresser or maker of furs
Furrier, Laster
Fustian Weaver A maker of corduroy.
Fuyster See Foister.