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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0097

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1715-1836

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 0.01 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:

Apprentices were admitted, bound and enrolled in the Chamberlain's Court of the Corporation of London. It was possible to become a Freeman of the City by 'servitude', that is, by satisfactory completion of apprenticeship to a freeman. Apprentices were bound by the London indenture (the contract by which an apprentice is bound to the master who undertakes to teach him a trade) which had terms peculiar to the City, requiring the apprentice to serve his master faithfully, keep his secrets and follow his commands, not commit fornication or get married, not play cards or dice, not visit taverns or playhouses and not absent himself from service without permission. In return the master promised to teach and instruct or to arrange to others to teach the apprentice and to provide food, drink, clothing, lodging and all other necessities.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to apprentices, comprising conditions of employment of journeymen regarding trade secrets for the printing, colouring and staining of silks, linens and calicos, 1715; and apprenticeship indenture for Moses Kendall to Francis Church, timber merchant, 1736.

Agreements regarding business partnerships, including agreement for draper John Mosden, painter Edward Baugh and grocer Matthew Hewytt to establish business of Mercer, 1729; agreement that John Chaplyn, haberdasher, and George Kent, mercer, will trade jointly as mercers, 1729; agreement of co-partnership between John Purcas and Abraham Purcas, merchants, 1732. Also bond and receipts.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Eight items arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1938 (Acc/0097).


Related material:

Records of the Corporation of London Chamberlain's Department relating to apprentices can be found at reference COL/CHD/AP.

DESCRIPTION NOTES Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: July to October 2009

Apprentices | Out of school youth | Students
Apprenticeship | Training methods
Apprenticeship indenture | Apprenticeship records | Documents | Information sources
Bonds | Documents | Information sources
Contract law | Civil law | Legal systems | Law
Drapers | Shopkeepers | Mercantile personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Grocers | Mercantile personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Haberdashers | Mercantile personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Journeymen | Skilled personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Linen industry | Textile industry | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Mercers | Mercantile personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Painters | Artists
Timber merchants | Merchants | Mercantile personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People

Personal names

Corporate names

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe