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OCCUPATIONS AND TRADES

Although the village recorded a large variety of trades in the medieval and Tudor periods, it wasn't until the later 17th century after manorial lordship had been diminished that industry began to progress and diversify. By the 1870s the rise of mechanisation and the introduction of factory units pushed the process of industrialisation to the next level. The landscape was transformed in to one whereby the streets were a mix of factories, workshops, cottages and terraces all existing side by side. 

Here are the main 19th and early 20th century listed industries associated with Sileby. The information contained here is mainly gleaned from trade directories, but other sources have been used to collate these lists. Please note, these lists are not fully exhaustive.

 

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Manufacturing, Industry & Construction
Retail & Services
Food & Drink
Professionals & Healthcare
Other Groups

Boot & Shoe

Brick & Tile Makers

Building Trades

Carpenters & Woodworkers

Hosiery & Lace

Metal Trades & Engineering

Millers

Wallpaper

Other

Banks & Financial Services

Clothing Trades

Coal & Lime Merchants

Motor Services

Painters &

Decorators

Plumbers & Gas Fitters

Post Office

Shops &

Shopkeepers

Other Services

Agriculture &

Farming

Bakers

Brewing & Malting

Butchers

Cafes &

Restaurants

Coffee Houses & Cookshops

Fried Fish Dealer

(Fish & Chips)

Architects & Land Surveyors

Chemists

& Druggists

Clergymen

Dentists

Headmasters & Teachers

Law & Legal

Medical

Professionals

Opticians

Police

Domestic Service

Miscellaneous

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