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Spangle
05-03-2009, 1:00 AM
Has anyone any tips on how I might Google the occupation of cooper in Bermondsey? All I get (unsurprisingly!) is a host of people with the surname Cooper when what I am hoping to find is an insight into the life of my ancestor, John Robbins, who lived in Bermondsey and worked as a cooper!

Any advice would be much appreciated - thank you.

Sue Mackay
05-03-2009, 7:36 AM
Try adding a word like adze to your search - a tool used by coopers!

brianb
05-03-2009, 8:06 AM
Hi

website of old occupations:
http://rmhh.co.uk/occup/c2.html

Cooper:
Made or repaired vessels made of wooden staves & hoops, such as casks, barrels, tubs, etc.


And some other sites to try, some with more on cooper .

http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/Occupations.html
http://www.rmhh.co.uk/occup.html
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~dav4is/Sources/Occupations.html
http://www.abandoned.org/world/alpha/other/occupa.txt
http://www.rootsweb.com/~engsts/potters1.html Pottery industry specific
http://www.jbsumner.com/pages/brewinghistory/glossary.html Brewing industry specific
http://www.cyndislist.com/occupatn.htm


Brian

Browneyes
05-03-2009, 8:36 AM
You could try some of the following phrases. It's worthwhile searching under both 'the web' and 'pages from the UK'. I've used the 19th century as an example.

- 19th century Bermondsey occupations
- historical Bermondsey occupations
- online resources bermondsey 19th century occupations
- pdf bermondsey 19th century occupations
- history coopering

Spangle
05-03-2009, 11:00 PM
Thank you! I think I am going to be busy for a while!