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also Apprentice Turner, Foreman Turner


Turner operating the horizontal lathe inside the engineering workshop at Pumpherston Refinery, circa 1958. R10-00790


A turner was engaged on manufacturing the parts of mechanical plant and equipment at the mines, oil works and refineries. The trade of a turner was a qualified and skilled career that took many years to learn. An apprenticeship would usually start between the ages of 14 and 16 and last for 5 years. Once the apprenticeship was served the turner would normally stay in this trade for the rest of their working life.

Wages & Working Hours

The average weekly wage of a turner in 1886 was 26s 0d and the working hours were normally 57 hours over 6 days (Board of Trade Census of Wages).

In 1923 an turner fitter started on a weekly wage of 12s, which rose to 13s 6d in 1924, 15s in 1925, 18s in 1926 and to 22s in 1927 which was the final year of the apprenticeship.





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