Victorian Occupations – L

19th Century Occupations or job descriptions from Labeller to Lungs.

Labeller Someone who stuck labels on things
Labeller & Finisher
Laborer Also General Laborer, usually lifting and carrying etc, an unskilled manual worker. (American spelling)
Labourer Also General Labourer, usually lifting and carrying etc, an unskilled manual worker.
Lace Drawer A child employed in lace work, drawing out threads.
Lace Maker
Lace Master or Mistress Someone who employed workers in factories or in their homes for the production of lace
Lace Runner Someone who embroidered patterns on lace.
Lace Sorter
Lace Warehouseman employed in a lace warehouse
Laceman A dealer in lace.
Lacewoman A lady’s maid.
Lacquerer Someone who paints things with lacquer.
Lacqueress Ditto – Female
Lad A junior in almost any industry.
Ladies Boot Finisher
Ladies Companion
Ladies Jacket Maker Someone who made lady’s jackets.
Lady Clerk A Female clerk
Lady Help
Lady Superintendant
Lady’s Tailor Someone who specialised in tailoring for ladies.
Lagger A sailor.
Lagraetman A constable.
Lamp Dealer
Lamp Lighter
Lamp Maker
Lamp Shade Maker
Lamplighter Gas
Land proprietor Manages land.
Landsman A seaman on his first voyage.
Land Waiter A customs officer whose job was to wait or attend on landed goods.
Lapidary Someone who cuts, polishes or engraves precious or semi-precious stones.
Lardner The keeper of the cupboard, or an official in charge of pig food.
Lash Maker
Last Maker
Last Worker
Laster A shoe maker, one who uses a last, a cobbler.
Latex Rubber Dresser
Lath Render or Renderer A plasterer’s assistant, someone who puts the first coat of plaster onto laths on walls and ceiling.
Latouner Someone who works with latten, a brass-like metal alloy.
Lattener A brass worker. See Latouner.
Lattice Boot Maker
Launderer washer
Launderess or Laundress A washer woman.
Laundry Forewoman
Laundry Hand
Laundry Keeper
Laundry Maid
Laundry Woman A washer woman
Lavender A washer woman (from French laver – to wash).
Law clerk a clerk who works for a court or a solicitor
Law Stationer
Law Student
Lawn Tennis Shoe Maker
Layer Someone who works in a paper mill.
Layer on, Print
Lead Factory Hand
Lead Glazier & Plumber
Lead miner
Lead Worker
Leaf Cutter
Leaf Stem drawer
Leaf Stripper someone who strips leaves from tobacco plants
Leaf Veiner Someone who paints veins on the leaves of artificial flowers.
Learner or Learning anyone learning a trade which is not an apprenticeship
Leather & Grindery Dealer
Leather Bag Maker
Leather case maker
Leather Cleaner
Leather Currier
Leather Cutter cuts leather
Leather Dealer
Leather Drawer draws leather
Leather Dresser dresses leather
Leather Dyer
Leather Finisher
Leather Grounder
Leather Seller sells leather
Leather Sewer sews leather
Leather Trimmer
Leather Washer Maker
Leavelooker Someone who examined food on sale at market.
Lederer A leather maker
Leech A physician. Also known as a Sawbones.
Legerdemainist A magician.
Legger A canal boatman who had to leg the barges through tunnels as they were not big enough for horses to get through. See Horse Marine.
Leightonward A gardener.
Lemon Dealer
Lemonade Bottler
Letter Carrier A postman
Letter Case Maker
Letter Press Printer Also Letterpress Printer; A printer using the letterpress printing method.
Letter Sorter
Letting Lodgins
Library Assistant
Licensed City Messenger
Licensed Hawker Someone licensed to sell items on the street; Drapery, Glassware etc.
Licensed Messenger A messenger
Licensed Reader, Preach A preacher
Licensed Victualler one who is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages
Life Assurance Agent
Life Buoy Maker
Lift Man
Light Porter
Lighterman A highly skilled worker carrying freight on a flat-bottomed boat; a lighter.
Lime Light Operator Also Drummond light or calcium light; The operator of a type of stage lighting used in theatres and music halls.
Limeburner A maker of lime.
Limner A draughtsman or artist. An illustrator or painter.
Linen Collar Maker
Linen Draper
Linen, flax manufacturer A manufacturer of linen.
Linener A shirtmaker, or linen draper.
Liner or Lyner A flax dresser.
Linkerboy or Man Someone who carried a link or torch to guide people through the streets at night for a small fee, or a general manservant.
Lint Maker Someone who made lint.
Lister or Litster Someone who dyed textiles.
Litho Graphic Printer Also Lithographic Printer; A printer who used the litho method.
Litho Grinder, Stone
Litho Numbering Printer
Litho Plate Printer
Litho Printer
Litho Stone Polisher
Litho Zinc Printer
Lithographer & Print Maker
Lithographer, Draughtsman
Lithographic Artist
Lithographic Transferer
Lithographic Writer
Litterman A horse groom.
Liveryman Cared for horses for a fee
Living on Own Means
Loadsman A ship’s pilot.
Loblolly Boy An errand boy, or a surgeon’s assistant on a ship.
Lock Keeper Someone who oversees the operation of canal locks.
Locker Up Lady
Lodge Porter Someone who looks after a lodging house.
Lodging House Day Porter
Lodging House Keeper Someone in charge of a lodging house.
Lodging House Manager Someone in charge of or owner of a lodging house.
Lodging House Night Porter
Lodger Also Boarder; Someone who sleeps in a lodging house.
Log Reader
Log Wood Grinder Someone who prepared a dye made from logwood, used in the textile industry.
Lokeer A locksmith
London Confectionery Company Worker
Longshoreman A stevedore; a labourer who unloads and loads ships’ cargoes
Long Song Seller A street seller who sold songsheets of popular music printed on paper about a yard long.
Looking Glass Fitter Someone who fits mirrors.
Looking Glass Gilder Someone who gilds the frames of mirrors.
Looking Glass Maker Someone who makes mirrors.
Looking Glass Piller Maker
Looking Glass Silverer
Lord Mayor
Lorimer, Loriner or Lormer A maker of bridles, spits, and other metal parts for the harnesses of horses. Also a maker of small ironware, or a worker in wrought iron. See Spurrier
Lorner Maker of horse gear
Lotseller A street seller.
Low Comedian, Actor
Lum Swooper A chimney sweep.
Lumper A dock labourer who loaded and unloaded timber from ships, who was employed by a Master Lumper. Also a fine grained saltmaker, from the practice of moulding salt into lumps.
Luncheon Housekeeper
Lungs An alchemist’s servant whose duty was to fan the fire.