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Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe, South Bank and Bishophill areas of York

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Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe and South Bank areas of York

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York Poor Law Union Apprentices  1845-1929

(From: ExploreYork Libraries & Archives. Register of apprenticeships 1845-1929. PLU/6/1/1)

The register starts on 12 Jan 1845, and lists children indentured to trades by the Board of Guardians.  Apprentices are all male, aged around 11-16, and are generally apprenticed for six or seven years, for which the most common payments are £10 fees plus two suits of clothes.

York Poor Law Union boys were apprenticed to a wide range of trades

No. of apprentices

Trade

Comments

71

Shoemakers, cordwainers and bootmakers

 

68

Tailors

Most tailors got fees of £10, but one received £15.  A few were paid only £5 but the apprenticeship period was shorter         

 

39

Blacksmiths

 

17

Joiners, cabinet makers, wheelwrights

 

12

Cotton spinners, weavers (from 1860 on)

The boys were sent to James Hoyle, Acre Mill, Hebden Bridge (later notorious for its working conditions).  No fee was paid, only 2 suits of clothing 

9

Tinners, braziers

 

9

Painters

 

8

Hairdressers, barbers

 

5

Saddlers

 

5

Bricklayers

 

4

Rope makers

 

3

Gardeners, market gardeners

 

3

Butchers

 

2

Plumbers, glaziers, gas fitters

 

2

Bookbinders

 

3

Millers

 

2

Farmers

Apprenticed for 3 years only

1 was paid £4, the other had £4 worth of clothes

2

Grocers, provisions dealers

 

Plus one each of the following:  Brickmaker, Clock & watchmaker, Confectioner, Draper, French polisher, Implement maker, Lithographer (£15 fee), Mattress maker, Plasterer, Printer, Solicitor, Whipmaker, Whitesmith.

There are no railway workers.

These are the boys who came from parishes in or near St Mary Bishophill Junior, 1845-1886 :

23 Jan 1845    Joseph Spink   M   age 15

                        Parents: Joseph & Elizabeth Spink [both] deceased

                        Parish: Bishophill Junior

                        To: William Calvert, Tailor of Micklegate   £11.10.0

                        Until 21 years of age

           

11 Dec 1862    William Riley   M   age 17

                        Parents: both dead

                        Parish: Bishophill Junior

                        To: George Freeman, Tailor of Kirk Hammerton  £10 + 2suits

                        For 7 years

 

11 June 1863   William Braithwaite   M   age 15

                        Parents: Elizth. Braithwaite, Workhouse

                        Parish: Bishophill Junior

                        To: William White, Shoemaker of New York Street  £9 + 2 suits

                        For 6 years

 

2 April 1871    George Tate   M   15

                        Parents: both dead

                        Parish: St Martin cum Gregory

                        To: William Haw, Tailor  of Claxton  £10 + 2 suits

                        For 6 years

 

4 Apr 1872      John Coward   M   14

                        Parents: Orphan

                        Parish: Parish: Bishophill [Senior or Junior – unclear]

                        To: William Rowntree, Blacksmith of Furlington  £10 + 2 suits

                        For 7 years

 

22 Aug 1872   John William Tate   M   14

                        Parents: orphan, The Workhouse

                        Parish: St Sampson’s

                        To: John Croft, Joiner & Wheelwright of Strensall  £10  + 2 suits

                        For 7 years

 

3 July 1874     Robert Tate   M   14

                        Parents: orphan, Hope Street

                        Parish: Holy Trinity, Micklegate

                        To: Samuel Easterby, Blacksmith of Wighill  £10 + 2 suits

                        For 7 years

 

17 June 1886  John Thomas Tate   M   14

                        Parents: Orphan

                        Parish: St George

                        To: Hugh Abell, Joiner & Wheelwright of Wigginton  £10 + 2 suits

                        For 7 years