STRANGE - LOST JOBS

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dogduke
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Postby dogduke » Wed 11 Nov, 2009 6:37 pm

Mooching thro' Leodis etc you come across business,trades and jobs
which no longer exist.
Looking at photo of Industrial Terrace-Beckett Street-Shakespeare Street area there is mention of former residents working as brick burners,not something i've heard of before.
Some appeared to work locally but two were working away in the Wrexham area.
How many other trades have been lost within this 'former mighty industrial city'?
There must have been seemed oddly named jobs in engineering,tailoring and other trades in Leeds
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Chrism
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Postby Chrism » Wed 11 Nov, 2009 6:40 pm

Binmen. Wink
Sit thissen dahn an' tell us abaht it.

weenie
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Postby weenie » Wed 11 Nov, 2009 6:58 pm

Whitesmiths!! and meter readers
Si
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Postby Si » Wed 11 Nov, 2009 7:11 pm

Sagger-maker's bottom-knocker!
No, really. It was a real job.

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chemimike
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Postby chemimike » Wed 11 Nov, 2009 7:20 pm

surely the saggar maker was in the Potteries, not Leeds ?
Hannibal69
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Postby Hannibal69 » Wed 11 Nov, 2009 7:37 pm

weenie wrote:
Whitesmiths!! and meter readers

Is a Whitesmith the same as a Tinsmith, or a different trade altogether?

As for the meter readers, don't tell anyone, but I walled them all up when I had the new kitchen done!!! lol Regular Smiley p.s. Good job I had them fit that extractor fan!!!

Han.
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weenie
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Postby weenie » Wed 11 Nov, 2009 7:43 pm

Hannibal69 wrote:
weenie wrote:
Whitesmiths!! and meter readers

Is a Whitesmith the same as a Tinsmith, or a different trade altogether?

As for the meter readers, don't tell anyone, but I walled them all up when I had the new kitchen done!!! lol Regular Smiley p.s. Good job I had them fit that extractor fan!!!

Han.


a Tinsmith i presume, is someone who works with Tin?, as i was told a Whitesmith worked with cold metal, as a blacksmith works with hot metal.
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Postby Hannibal69 » Wed 11 Nov, 2009 8:25 pm

weenie wrote:
Hannibal69 wrote:
weenie wrote:
Whitesmiths!! and meter readers

Is a Whitesmith the same as a Tinsmith, or a different trade altogether?

As for the meter readers, don't tell anyone, but I walled them all up when I had the new kitchen done!!! lol Regular Smiley p.s. Good job I had them fit that extractor fan!!!

Han.


a Tinsmith i presume, is someone who works with Tin?, as i was told a Whitesmith worked with cold metal, as a blacksmith works with hot metal.

Hi weenie,

Did some digging, found this at WikiAnswers.com.

"A Whitesmith works with light coloured metals such as tin and pewter and usually cold (Unlike the Blacksmith who works with HOT metals to forge) I think the name is also given to light metal polishers."

You were spot on, thanks for replying. I did get the tin bit right (says Han sulkily) trying not to seem like a complete airhead!!! Angry LOL.
All the best,
Han.
Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day. But give him a religion and he'll starve to death, while praying for a fish.

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Postby Si » Wed 11 Nov, 2009 9:21 pm

chemimike wrote:
surely the saggar maker was in the Potteries, not Leeds ?

No, sagger makers work wherever there are potteries, including Leeds. Ever heard of Leeds Cream Ware? A sagger is the pot surround that each piece of unfired pottery is put in inside the kiln to prevent breakage (I think!)
weenie
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Postby weenie » Wed 11 Nov, 2009 9:29 pm

Hannibal69 wrote:
weenie wrote:
Hannibal69 wrote:
weenie wrote:
Whitesmiths!! and meter readers

Is a Whitesmith the same as a Tinsmith, or a different trade altogether?

As for the meter readers, don't tell anyone, but I walled them all up when I had the new kitchen done!!! lol Regular Smiley p.s. Good job I had them fit that extractor fan!!!

Han.


a Tinsmith i presume, is someone who works with Tin?, as i was told a Whitesmith worked with cold metal, as a blacksmith works with hot metal.

Hi weenie,

Did some digging, found this at WikiAnswers.com.

"A Whitesmith works with light coloured metals such as tin and pewter and usually cold (Unlike the Blacksmith who works with HOT metals to forge) I think the name is also given to light metal polishers."

You were spot on, thanks for replying. I did get the tin bit right (says Han sulkily) trying not to seem like a complete airhead!!! Angry LOL.
All the best,
Han.



Lol Han, i only found there was ever such thing as a Whitesmith last week when it kept cropping up on the census of the people i was tracing and asked a friend if they had heard of it and that is what i was told, so if this had come up last week i wouldnt have known Regular Smiley

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