What Job was a WHITING PRESSER?

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  1. kernowmaid

    kernowmaid Well-Known Member

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    My 2x Gt Uncle by marriage (Fredk FITT) started off as a common or garden Agricultural Labourer. Then in 1901 he threw me (I like to know what jobs they were doing!) ...

    RG13/Piece 4463/Folio 48/Pg 2 - "WHITING PRESSER" (and has the enumerator added "CEMENT"?)

    And in 1911: "WHITING LABOURER" at Albion Mill(s), Willerby (RG14 - Piece 28559)

    I can't find much about Albion Mill - but it appears to have been a FLOUR MILL.

    Does anyone know what the job entailed? Was he making white flour, or was he working with cement? (They may both look like white powder, but it would be important to know which one NOT to bake with ;))

    Jane
     
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    Bonzo Dog Still the Mad Scientist?

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    Or to build walls with. :)

    Don't know if this helps but my uncle was a painter and decorator and developed his own version of distemper for painting ceilings. One of the ingredients was powdered chalk, which he referred to as whiting. The first process in making whiting was to wash raw chalk, so perhaps your uncle operated some type of press to remove the water and part break it down into powder.
     
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  3. Flook

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    Well just for starters it appears it was a large flour mill. See>
    http://www.
    cleaning-matters.co.uk/page_530486.asp

    There's sure to be a lot more information out there (somewhere :) ).
     
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    Bonzo Dog Still the Mad Scientist?

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    Another thought Jane. Washed and ground chalk, aka whiting, when mixed with water containing dissolved carbon dioxide will produce sodium bicarbonate. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think self-raising flour contains sodium bicarbonate.
     
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    Londoner Will always roll up her sleeves and dig around

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    Now, if you had asked about a pilchard presser I could have told you all about it, but a whiting is a whole different kettle of fish!
     
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    Well having scoured around the web, what little is there all points towards a whiting works i.e. an industrial version of what Bonzo Dog has described. There is a piece in the Hull Daily Mail (2 August 1912) describing a lightning strike on the the house of of Mr W Robson "proprietor of the Willerby brick and whiting works".

    All jolly confusing.
     
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    Ah, well it looks as though the Albion Flour Mills were in fact in Driffield and so quite a way away. My money would be on the fact that the writer of the article I cited got confused between the Driffield mill and the Willerby mill and so this would make the latter a whiting mill (I did come across a reference to some chalk pits being quite near Willerby which would add credence to what the Willerby mill did).

    So the job seems to have been something to do with chalk and there's a picture of the old chalk mill at Hessle on this page>
    https://trailwalker32.
    wordpress.com/category/long-distance-paths/yorkshire-wolds-way/page/2/

    Hessle is only 2 1/2 miles from Willerby.
     
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    Flook A True Gentleman. Rest in Peace.

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    Well done Jane:)!
     
  10. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Was there a quarry nearby?
    spun.co.uk
    Workers in the treatment of mine and quarry products. Filter press -man (whiting)
    Pumps liquid containing pure chalk in suspension in filter press which squeezes out water leaving filter bags filled with chalk.
    Sorry. Curiosity got the better of me and just had to find out :rolleyes:
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    That should read 'leaving filter bags filled with whiting '
    Researching in bed on the phone is problematic to say the least.
     
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