A collection of the occupations or job descriptions of the people living in London in the 1890's. Most of the descriptions are fairly self explanatory, I'll elaborate on the ones that aren't in due course.
|artisan or workman, a smith.
|An agent employed by merchants to transact business of buying and selling
|Merchant for commission or factor, one who transacts business for another (usually absent).
|made up faggots into bundles, seller of firewood
|Photographic assistant who added colour to photographs by hand before colour film was available.
|Falconer or Falkner
|breeds, trains, or hunts with hawks
|Fancy Basket Liner
|Fancy Box Maker
|Fancy Pearl Worker
|worked in mother-of-pearl making buttons or fancy goods
|A grain winnower.
|A maker and repairer of fans or winnowing baskets.
|A stranger or traveller, especially a travelling merchant.
|often descendant of the gentry; usually having servants and farm workers, or a tax-collector or bailiff.
|A farmer who pastures and raises cattle.
|A horse doctor, or a blacksmith, one who shoes horses
|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.
|cleanser of feathers
|curled feathers to prepare them for use in hat making etc
|cleaned and prepared feathers for sale
|dealer in feathers and plumes
|woman who prepared feathers for use
|One who removes hair or wool from hides in preparation for leather making, or a dealer in hides & sheepskins.
|A woodcutter, or a person who laid or felled seams in textiles.
|worker in the hatting industry
|A person who inspects farmer's fences.
|Dealer in or manufacturer of ferret, or silk tape.
|Ferur or Ferator
|A farrier or blacksmith.
|Doctor or Physician
|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.
|A holder of lands granted for services
|A maker of saddletrees.
|The keeper of hounds, for hunting or coursing. A keeper of greyhounds.
|A feather beater.
|File Cutter - Maker
|a maker of files, involved the cutting of grooves on the file surface
|A person who filled bobbins in mills.
|One who is employed in tailoring to repair tears in the cloth. Invisible mending.
|operated machine giving final touches to a manufactured article in various trades
|assisted - obvious really
|A person who tended the boilers that powered the machinery in a cotton mill.
|silk weaver who had his own loom (an outworker)
|Fisher or Fishdryver
|female fish monger
|sold fish on the street
|sold fish from a shop
|carried and delivered boxes of fish in the fish market
|A common term for a person who assembled several portions of machinery together, or a coal broker.
|A specialist process worker in the glass industry.
|Navigated a broad flat-bottomed boat used for transport, especially in shallow waters. Common in the salt trade.
|prepared flax prior to spinning
|A butcher or a person who worked in a tannery, or a nickname for a pimp.
|butcher or one who worked in a tannery
|One who made bows and arrows; arrowsmith
|sold flowers from a shop
|An archer (Flo-arrow).
|sold flowers on the street
|made flowers (artificial)
|worked in the flower trade; looking after growing flowers
|cleaned out water mains
|Flycoachman or Flyman
|driver of one-horse carriage hired by the day
|street broadsheet seller
|Driver of a light vehicle hired out for carriage of passengers, or a theatre stage hand.
|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 servant or attendant in livery.
|servant who ran errands, or one who opened the doors for passengers
|thief or robber
|letter carrier or messenger who travelled on foot
|In watchmaking, a person who assembled watch and clock dials.
|a person in charge in almost any industry
|A game warden or forest ranger.
|Forgeman, Smith or Forger
|blacksmith, worker at a forge
|who made faucets for ale-casks, etc
|A street cleaner, sweeper.
|Fowler or Fugler
|keeper or catcher of birds
|A worker on a loom.
|A person who made frames for houses.
|An operator of a machine which made hosiery. Originally a hand loom was used. Often abbreviated to FWK.
|one released from slavery
|one who holds land by fee simple. In colonial times, a freeholder had the right to vote and hold public office.
|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.
|polished quality wooden furniture using French polish, wax or special lacquer
|servant of the Friars.
|A maker of frieze, a rough plaster.
|A sailor who sailed boat on fresh water only or in the coastal trade.
|A person who made fringes, ornamental borders of cloth.
|A buyer & seller of old clothes.
|Frobisher or Furbisher
|remover of rust, a polisher of metal, eg. armour
|Fruiterer or Fruit Salesman
|sold fruit from a shop
|A female fruit seller.
|sold fruit on the street
|fulls cloth; shrinks and thickens woollen cloth using fullers earth by moistening, heating, and pressing; one who cleans and finishes cloth
|A tightrope walker.
|Drove a funeral coach or hearse.
|Funeral Wreath Maker
|Made wreaths for funerals
|Fur Cape Maker
|Made fur capes
|Bought and sold fur and articles made from fur.
|Furbisher, Furber or Furbour
|armor polisher, see Frobisher
|Dealt in furniture
|A labourer in the furniture industry
|seller, dresser or maker of furs
|A maker of corduroy.