Apprenticeship records can be a mine of useful information.
One example is the collection of Board of Stamps Registers kept by the Inland Revenue Office in London to record the names, residences and trades of the masters and the names of their apprentices, together with the dates of the articles. The early records also often give the name of the parent or guardian of the apprentice, a real advantage to research in the years when such information is harder to find.
The registers were kept as a record of the duty received on apprentices’ indentures and record the date when the duty was paid. They cover the whole of the country.
Examples of Apprenticeship Records
1727 Richard BAINTON, son of John BAINTON of Bedwin, Wiltshire, apprenticed to William BIGGS of Hungerford, Berkshire, Tallowchandler, £30.
1730 Jane CURL, daughter of Walter CURL of St. James Clerkenwell, apprenticed to Jane JACOBS of Bond Staples, fan painter, £21.
1731 Richard GOODLAD, son of John GOODLAD of Milsend Middlesex, apprenticed to Robert FITZCHUGH, citizen of London and fishmonger, £315.
1736 James BAKER son of William BAKER, deceased, apprenticed to John BATCOCK of Guildford, Butcher, £10.
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For clarification of apprentices' trades and other occupations with which you may be unfamiliar, check out our Occupations page.