Old Occupations

The Eton Wick Census records for 1851 has 41 different occupations listed. The record for Dorney has 34. Most of occupations that the residents of the two neighbouring villages had as a means of earning a living have understandable names, but there are a few that are more challenging. Francis Henry White, son of the landlord of the Palmer's Arms worked as a Higgler. The World Through the Lens website has a very useful list of old occupations that tells us the a higgler was "a person who haggles or bargains or an itinerant dealer, similar to a cadger."

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