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    PL or PC next to female names 1841

    Over on GR someone has asked what PL next to a females name means on the 1841. Someone has answered Personal Laundress ............ - so guys, what does it mean? It keeps ringing a bell, but ............. have a look on the census imageplease - every female virtually has these letters next to her:

    Look up this boy for the right page:

    James Kiff age 12 Hertfordshire (Smallford Hertfordshire) .

    #2
    I wonder if they were straw plaiters?
    Heather

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      #3
      Parish labourer? (On loan from the workhouse)

      OC

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        #4
        I have never seen this before, which makes me think it was something localised to an area I've not researched.

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          #5
          Hmm, must be an answer mustnt there. Too many to be parish labourers OC and they are in the home - so there must be something they do at home, or something to do with their status.

          I guess if we look at the later census ............

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            #6
            If you go to the first page of the census there is some writing at the far left of page which says PL= Plait ???? all through
            The writing is vertical on the page.
            Elaine







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              #7
              Is it Plait trade ?
              Elaine







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                #8
                Straw-plaiting (for hats) was a trade in Beds/Bucks/Herts - think of Luton (don't let my Watford-supporting son see that I typed such a heresy! ;)).

                Christine
                Researching: BENNETT (Leics/Birmingham-ish) - incl. Leonard BENNETT in Detroit & Florida ; WARR/WOR, STRATFORD & GARDNER/GARNAR (Oxon); CHRISTMAS, RUSSELL, PAFOOT/PAFFORD (Hants); BIGWOOD, HAYLER/HAILOR (Sussex); LANCASTER (Beds, Berks, Wilts) - plus - COCKS (Spitalfields, Liverpool, Plymouth); RUSE/ROWSE, TREMEER, WADLIN(G)/WADLETON (Devonport, E Cornwall); GOULD (S Devon); CHAPMAN, HALL/HOLE, HORN (N Devon); BARRON, SCANTLEBURY (Mevagissey)...

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                  #9
                  Well doen guys, we think plaiters then? Ill go back and tell the OP

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