England Finding Trade Apprenticeship Records (National Institute)

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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course English: Occupation Records-Professions and Trades and English: Occupations-Military & Services  by Dr. Penelope Christensen. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).







Trade Apprenticeship Records (cont.)

CHART:
Dashwoods from Index to Apprentices of Great Britain IR 17

Book
Folio
Year
Apprentice/Father
Master
Fee
13
194
1733
Christopher/Richard
Jos POTTLE, Blandford, surgeon
£10.10.0
46
94
1719
Jarrett/Richard of Cockley
Thomas VERE, Norwich, merchant
£100.00
2
114
1713
John/Thomas of Coventry, vintner
William LEE, citizen and apothecary
£50.00
22
208
1761
John/Richard
William MASON, New Inn, Mddx gent
£262.10.0
54
151
1762
John/- [sic Joseph]
George FLASHMAN, Exeter, watchmaker
£31.10.0
52
213
1757
Mary/
Mary COOPER, Lynn, milliner
£20.00
12
53
1730
Robert/Richard of Watcombe
John WAY, Lyons Inn, Mddx attorney
£168.00
52
157
1756
Robert/-
George GROSE, Wareham, Dorset, currier
£6.00
18
214
1749
Scampton/Ann
Thomas HOLLINGSWORTH, bookseller Lynn
£17.00
49
84
1729
Thomas, Whippingham/-
William HARDING, Whippingham wheelwright
£6.00
14
162
1736
Thomas/John
Samuel WEDDELL, citizen and draper
£60.00


It can be seen that those after 1752 have no parent given, and that there is an error in the index. The original reads Jos: but the entries above and below are both for John!

CHART:
Inland Revenue Apprenticeship Books of Great Britain.
Town Registers 1710
[England—there is a separate list of Scots Indentures]

These were all Common Indentures + Counterpart collected by Wm Ward to Jno Ward at Leicester

Rec’t date
Master, residence, trade
Apprentice, parent, residence
Apprentice start date
Yrs
Fee and tax
Mar 6
Sam: Selby of Hoebrooke, Derby frame work knitter of London
Wm s/o Jno Woodhouse of Makeny in parish of Duffield, Derbyshire husbandman
Mar 6
7
£3 6d
Mar 14
Sam: Spibye of town and county of Nottingham grocer
John s/o Sam: Spencer of Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham
Mar 14
7
£40 £5
Apr 4
Wm Webster of Bingham, Nottinghamshire taylor
Tho: s/o Robt Chamberlin of Musson, Leicestershire labourer
3 Apr
7
£3 6d


Finding Trade Indentures and Apprenticeships

Some individual indentures survive in family papers and business archives. Collections of trade apprenticeship indentures can be found in many archives, particularly the county record offices and guilds. Many of these, and indexes to them, have been filmed; try Smith’s Inventory if they don’t show up on the FamilySearch Catalog.

The Society of Genealogists has a collection of 1,525 17th-19th century indentures known as Crisp’s Apprentices, but the Trinity House Petitions are now in the Guildhall and are on film. The Corporation of the City of London has the indentures of many of the apprentices who became city freemen. Miscellaneous material on apprentices in the army, navy and merchant marine can be found at the Public Record Office as explained in their leaflet D80.

There has been more written about Londoners’ trades but those researching ancestors outside the capital should not dismiss these sources. So many people went up to London to learn their trades or gain their qualifications that these resources apply to the whole country. Several cities and boroughs, such as York, Bristol, Southampton have published their companies’ registers, apprenticeships and freedoms and these may be filmed. The Board of Trade merchant seamen’s records also contain many apprenticeship indentures. It is always worth checking the local archives to see what they have.



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