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Posted by Karen Newman on 25/10/2020, 9:02 am, in reply to "Re: ARTIFICER
Poor law apprenticeships (often in farming and other related occupations) were a way of the parish reducing the financial burden placed on it in cases were families were of insuffcient means. Documents often exist in the parish records for these, often just specfying the name of the property owner, and that of the child, and did not necessarily show the duties required. The children were often very young e.g. 7 or 8.
These are different from the 'trade' apprenticeships where an agreement was drawn up between the 'master' and the apprentice's family. It is my understanding that there were only 2 copies of the agreement i.e. one for each party.