• Big Book - H

    • Haberdasher Seller of clothing and accoutrements
    • Hacker 1) Woodcutter 2) Maker and/or user of hoes or other cutting tools
    • Hackler / Heckler / Hackman / Hatcheler Combed or "carded" the coarse flax, using a hackle - a toothed implement - in linen making.
    • Hackney Man Horse drawn Cab/Taxi driver - Taxis were originally called Hackney Cabs
    • Haft Presser Employed in the Sheffield cutlery industry pressing bone/horn into knife handles (hafts). 19c.
    • Hairweaver / Hairman Weaver of horsehair cloth
    • Halberd Carrier / Halberdier Soldier who was armed with a halberd - a combined spear and axe
    • Half Timer Child who spent half the day at school and half in the mills
    • Halmot(e) or Halimot(e) An early name for a Court Baron (which see). The term survived to more recent times in some manors.
    • Hammerman Smith, hammerman
    • Handseller Street Vendor
    • Handwoman Midwife or female attendant
    • Harlot 1) Vagabond, beggar, rogue 2) 14c male servant / attendant 3) 15c Prostitute
    • Harmer Beck Constable
    • Harper Harp player
    • Hatter Hat maker / seller More Info
    • Hawker / Huckster Peddler or street seller Itinerant street dealer who carried his wares with him. Often used as a term of abuse.
    • Haymonger Dealer in hay
    • Hayward 1) Inspected hedges and fences of a parish and also impounded stray animals 2) Tended fields set aside to produce hay Also Field Master
    • Headsman Executioner
    • Headswoman Midwife
    • Heald Knitter Made 'healds' - lengths of cord with an eye in the middle through which the warp threads on a loom ran so that they could alternately be raised and lowered for the shuttle to pass through with the weft thread. More Info.
    • Heald/Heddle or Yell Manufacturer Manufacturer of Healds, used on looms. The warp yarns are passed through loops known as Healds, which raise and lower the yarns after the shuttle has passed the weft across the width of the loom
    • Heck Maker Made spinning machine guides for guiding yarn onto reels
    • Hedge Looker Oversaw maintenance of hedges and enclosures. Also see Field Master & Hayward
    • Hedger Hedge Trimmer and maker of "grown" hedges - a skilled art
    • Heelmaker Made shoe heels
    • Heir person who succeeds, by the rules of law, to an estate upon the death of an ancestor; one with rights to inherit an estate.
    • Heir apparent by law a person whose right of inheritance is established, provided he or she outlives the ancestor, see also primogeniture.
    • Hellier / Hillier Roof tiler or Slater
    • Hemp Heckler (or Flax dresser) see Hackler
    • Henchman / Hensman / Hinxman 1) Squire or page of honour 2) Groom, horseman 3) Chief attendant to a Highland chief
    • Henter Thief
    • Hewer Mine face worker - hewed or cut the coal
    • Higgler Itinerant peddler. A lot of the Higgler's trade involved barter, rather than money changing hands and the name derives from the resultant haggling.
    • High Sheriff The highest ranking sheriff
    • Highwayman Robber usually mounted, who preyed on travellers on public highways
    • Hillier Roof tiler
    • Hillman / Hillsman A man who worked at the pithead; a colliery official, late 17th-early 20th century (Scottish)
    • Hind 1) Domestic servant 2) A skilled farm labourer (Scotland)
    • Hobbler / Hobler 1) Towed river or canal boats 2) Casual dock labourer 3) Unlicensed pilot. More Info.
    • Hodsman Mason's assistant - carried the "Hod" in which materials were carried
    • Hoggard Pig drover
    • Holer 1) Miner 2) Made the holes in sewing needles. Also called an Eyer
    • Holder up 1) Rivetter's Mate - whilst the red hot rivet head was formed by the rivetter, he would hold a heavy hammer or dolly against the other end of the rivet. 2) Assistant to a forger of chains or shackles by holding up the work. 3) Machinist's assistant, holding up work to the various machines.
    • Holographic will a holographic or olographic will is handwritten and signed by the individual that the will belongs to.
    • Hon. (abbreviation) honorable.
    • Hoofer A dancer
    • Hooker 1) 16c. Reaper 2) 19c. Textile mill worker operating machinery which laid out fabric in uniform folds to required length
    • Hooper / Hoop shaver Made hoops for casks and barrels
    • Horner Made horn cutlery handles, combs
    • Horse Courser Owner of racing horses
    • Horse Knave Groom
    • Horse Leech Farrier, veterinarian
    • Horse Marine Towed canal barges where horses could not be used
    • Horse Capper Dealer in worthless horses
    • Horse-hair Curler Prepared horse hair for upholstery stuffing
    • Hosier Retailer of hosiery - socks, stockings, gloves etc.
    • Hosteller / Hostelier Innkeeper
    • Hostler 1) Stableman, groom 2) repairer of railway engines
    • Hotpresser Worked in textile or paper mills, pressing product between hot glazing sheets to smooth and glaze it
    • House Joiner Made the wooden frames of houses
    • House Wright House builder
    • Howdy Wife Midwife
    • Hoyman Used a "hoy" - a small coastal vessel - to transport passengers and goods
    • Huckster 1) Street seller of ale, often a woman 2) Retailer of small wares in shop or booth
    • Huissher Usher or door attendant
    • Hurdleman / Hurdler Made wattle fencing "hurdles"
    • Hurriers Usually girls from the age of 5, employed hauling coal underground
    • Husb. (abbreviation) husband.
    • Husband-Man / Husbandman 1) Tenant farmer 2) Farmer dealing with animals (14th century From the Anglo-Saxon husbonda)
    • Hush Shopkeeper Unlicensed beer brewer and seller