APPRENTICESHIP INDENTURES FOR THE POOR
1698 to 1820
Based on extracts taken by local historians Mary Parmiter and Joan Tunstall
from the original indentures held in the Parish Chest prior to transfer
to Devon Records Office in 1977 and by other, more recent, research by
members of CHRG.
Unless shown to the contrary, these apprenticeships were for paupers (often base born or illegitimate) under a system administered by the Overseers of the Poor. Boys were generally taught husbandry until the age of 24, reduced to 21 after c1781 and girls housewifery (or domestic service) until the age of 21 or marriage.
BASTARDY ORDERS (and related matters) 1718 to 1827
Transcriptions and extracts from original records. Cross-referenced against the transcriptions for Chardstock baptisms.