Occupations

Forest of Dean Wills 1858-1941 - Items of Interest - Occupations

Year

Item Number

Will Name

Role & Name

Occupation

Comment

1860

Will 159

BOWER John

Witness: Benjamin Wheeler

Fellmonger

A fellmonger was a dealer in hides or skins, particularly sheepskins, who might also prepare skins for tanning. The name is derived from the Old English ‘fell’ meaning skins and ‘monger’ meaning dealer. (source: Wikipedia)

1861

Will 316

WILLIAMS Benjamin

Testator

Tin Shearer

 

1861

Will 274

JOHNSON John

Witness: John Fishpool

Besom Maker

Broom maker, usually of birch twigs

1861

Will 294

PALLING Edward

Executor: Charles Palling

Blackwell Hall Factor

In the 17th century manufactured woollen cloth was traded through Blackwell Hall for the London market and for export. In the mid 17th century Blackwell Hall Factors were introduced as agents who charged a fee to handle the trade. By the 1690s the Blackwell Hall Factors had almost completely taken over the market and clothiers had lost their ancient right of selling their own goods. There were about fifty Blackwell-Hall Factors at the end of the 17th century. They provided an important service to England's main industry at the time, supplying raw materials to the clothiers and giving credit to clothiers, drapers and exporters. (source: Wikipedia)

1861

Will 233

BENNETT Timothy

Witness: Thomas Wintle

Corn Factor

 

1861

Will 241

CLARK Joseph

Witness: Eli Constance

Mopstick Maker

 

1863

Will 375

ADCOCK George

Testator

Chelsea Pensioner

 

1864

Will 459

ATKINSON John

Testator

Deputy Gaveller of Her Majesty's Forest of Dean

The officer in charge of regulating the freemines and freeminers in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, including allocating the right to mine personal plots known as "gales", is known as the Gaveller.

1866

Will 654

PHILLIPS Richard

Testator

Mealman

Someone who deals in meal (grain).

1867

Will 706

MERRETT Joseph

Testator

Wharfinger

Wharfinger is a person who is the keeper or owner of a wharf. The wharfinger took custody of and was responsible for goods delivered to the wharf, typically had an office on the wharf or dock, and was responsible for day-to-day activities including slipways, keeping tide tables and resolving disputes.

1871

Will 896

BEDFORD James

Testator

Colonel in the Bengal Army

48th Regiment of Native Infantry: Deputy Surveyor General of Bengal and Superintendent of Revenue Surveys