1) The earliest sheargrinders of whom we have any record worked in towns, and they were probably providing shears for the finishing process in cloth-making.
1345 Will. de Lincoln, cheregrinder [sic], York
1440 Thomas Elez, York, sheregrynder
1598 Hugh Fayrbancke … shearegrinder, Halifax
1598 Lancelotus Norden de Wakefeild sheregrynder. The occupation was established in the textile area: 1664 Thomas Fairbanke lately of Warley, shear grinder, deceased
1674-5 Joseph Turner of Leedes, sheere grinder.