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If you have tradesmen among your ancestors then the latest release by Ancestry.co.uk may be of interest.
As part of their collection of Occupations Records, Ancestry.co.uk have just released the Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices’ Indentures covering the period 1710-1811. These records are from The National Archives Series IR 1.
The records are from a tax which was placed on Apprentices’ Indentures. They were paid by the masters when then indentured an apprentice. The date it is registered is the date the tax was paid, not when the apprenticeship was undertaken.
The tax did not apply to those apprentices where a common or public charge applied. In other words, the apprentice came from a parish workhouse, or paid for by a town or borough, or through a charity.
The records include details of: the sum received, name of master, address of master, trade, name of apprentice, and date of articles of apprenticeship.
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Among the records can be found Edward Jenner, developer of the smallpox vaccine, who was apprenticed to George Hardwick, an apothecary based in Chipping-Sodbury. There is William Blake, the artist, writer and poet, who was apprenticed to engraver and stationer James Basire in 1772 (aged 14). Also there is Thomas Chippendale, the famous furniture maker, who is listed as employing an apprentice named Nathaniel Hopson.