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From: Liz <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] Professions
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 19:38:05 +0100
> Please could you tell me what a "skinner" and a "cordwainer" were in
> Newcastle Upon Tyne at the beginning of the 19th century?
A skinner removed the skins from slaughtered animals
A cordwainer was a shoemaker ( NOT a shoe-repairer - that was a cobbler)
Cordwainer derives from Cordova in Spain originally, source of fine
shoe-leather at one time. The French used the word Cordonnier.
> These occupations appear on an 1843 marriage cert. where the happy couple
> were both minors. What was the maximum age of a minor in thise days?
Max 20. One 'came of age' at 21.
Liz (Greenwich UK)