1) One who ‘beats’ or hammers gold metal into thinner plates or gold-leaf.
There are by-names in French and English which indicate that the occupation was established in different parts of Yorkshire from the late thirteenth century: 1233-56 Thomas Lorbatur, York
1277 Willelmus de Popilton, orbatour, York
1331 John le Goldbeter, York
1333-7 Henry le Goldebeter, Fryton. Gold was also being worked in Sheffield from the seventeenth century: 1645 Martin Webster, goldbeater
1655 William Kirkham of Sheffeld goldbeater.