Apprenticeship indentures

These agreements were contracted between a master craftsman and the father of a child or young man that he took on as an apprentice. The craftsman undertook to provide training, clothing, food and accommodation for his apprentice, who was committed for an agreed period (usually several years) to live with and work for the craftsman. A few agreements related to girls or young women.

The records of the London Metropolitan Archives include an indenture dated 1 October 1833 between London stationer George Yeo and Barnstaple fishmonger Roger Yeo for Roger’s son Thomas to serve an apprenticeship of seven years with George Yeo.

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