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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0097
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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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.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Eight items arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1938 (Acc/0097).

Allied Materials

Related material:

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

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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

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