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.

dates 1345 1598 1664 1674-1675

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