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Ask a Genealogist: What is a Cloth Looker?

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Question:

Can you describe what the occupation of a "Cloth Looker" was? I have seen this twice in parish records as an occupation.

Answer:

The "Cloth Looker" was in charge of quality control in the creation of woven cloth. Any defects that could be mended, or repaired were determined at this point in production. The "Cloth Looker" would also approve all woven cloth as a finished product.
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