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.

dates 1233-1256 1277 1331 1333-1337 1645 1655

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