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Familycat
15-08-09, 01:21
I have two married women in their 20s and 30s doing this occupation, though the person who filled it in only adds "worker" in column 12 for the latter. Both are living in the East End of London.

I might have the second letter wrong - the tail drops below the line, but it's no 'g' or 'y'.

Any suggestions on how I find what this occupation was are most welcome.

Cheers
FC

Elaine ..Spain
15-08-09, 10:01
No idea what it could be.
Can you scan the relevant part of the census page so we can see it?

Christine in Herts
15-08-09, 11:32
I have two married women in their 20s and 30s doing this occupation, though the person who filled it in only adds "worker" in column 12 for the latter. Both are living in the East End of London.

I might have the second letter wrong - the tail drops below the line, but it's no 'g' or 'y'.

Any suggestions on how I find what this occupation was are most welcome.

Cheers
FC

A letter like an h with a tail below the line is a p... but that gives a singularly bizarre result!

Christine

Peter Stenning
15-08-09, 11:44
A Spinster Chaser sounds like it could fit , but would you admit to it .?;):D

Maybe someone working in a factory Spinster is a woman who spin's Wool/Yarn . a foreman of some type ?


Peter

Just Barbara
15-08-09, 13:13
An educated guess would be that as these ladies lived in the east end they were working in the tailoring industry, some worked at home or others in sweat shops, anybody know anything about tailoring?

Olde Crone Holden
15-08-09, 14:43
I associate the word "chasing" with engraving.

Can we have a ref for the image please, so we can all look!

OC

Elaine ..Spain
15-08-09, 15:02
OC - it's on the 1911 so it'll cost you!

Olde Crone Holden
15-08-09, 15:33
Ah, right, sorry, didn't take that bit of information in!

OC

Mary from Italy
15-08-09, 17:58
I wondered if it might be a badly mistranscribed "silver chasing".

RNM
15-08-09, 18:03
I'd go with Spinster chaser - if only I'd known you could get paid for the occupation ;)

Roger :)

Familycat
15-08-09, 21:31
Thanks everybody.

Column 11 is blank for both ladies.
It could well be 'p' so 'Spinster Chasing' - the Head is Joseph Fenwick and looking at the 'p's they match.

Oh well if anyone is collecting bizarre entries on censuses, then it looks like I have a strong candidate.

Cheers
FC

Just Barbara
15-08-09, 22:46
She was an unmarried lady who did "chasing".........

Just Barbara
15-08-09, 22:47
And Roger's not to get excited.................

RNM
16-08-09, 15:21
Barbara you disappoint me ;)

fitzjohn1001
16-08-09, 19:23
I have a log for Simister Chaser which is a Seanstress checker ?

Christine in Herts
16-08-09, 21:25
I guess that Seamster and Simister are phonetically very similar.

Christine

Familycat
17-08-09, 13:28
It really is worthwhile showing these dilemmas to as many people as possible.

A friend looks at it and immediately says "Spinster Charing"!

Can I accept that as the definitive meaning?

Once again, thank you everyone for your contributions.