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From: "Helen Ward" <>
Subject: [Ess] RE; Victorian occupations
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2006 11:36:07 +1000
Have just found my copy of "Dictionary of Old Trades &Occupations' by Andrew
and Sandra Twining. According to the book,
A person who fights fires. Also a person who stoked the fire and controlled
the injectors feeding water to the boiler on a steam locomotive. In mining,
a man who kept the fires going for the boilers in a power house or steam
Am sure there are a lot more definitions of Fireman as well.
Also on the same page is a FLAGELLATOR - Someone who whipped or flogged
people. Don't think you would come across many of them!
>I think it might be that a fireman in a colliery was someone who handled
> explosives used to break through the coalface, I seem to recall having
> something about this occupaton on one of the lists covering Co. Durham.
<<> I had a ggggg uncle in County Durham who is described as a Colliery
> Fireman on the 1851. I think for it to be a specific job it was the stoker
> of the boiler. At that time, if there was a fire at the colliery it would
> be, literally, all hands to the pump.>>