Apprenticeship Indentures

Scope and Content

Apprenticeship indentures, the majority of which relate to the binding of poor children by the churchwardens and overseers of the parish of Penrhosllugwy, Anglesey, 1788-1828. The following occupations appear on the indentures : tailor, blacksmith, mantua-maker, joiner, shopkeeper, wheelwright, weaver, fuller etc.

Also, individual indentures belonging to the following :

  • Hugh Williams, Caernarfon, 1750
  • Mathew Cain, Bangor, 1837
  • Thomas Edwards, Bangor, 1861
  • John Rees Griffith, Horse Shoe Inn, Llanbedr, 1876
  • William Oliver Griffith, 48 Ambrose Street, Bangor, 1900

Administrative / Biographical History

In the case of orphans and the children of paupers, apprenticeship indentures were drawn up in order to ensure that those individuals would no longer be dependent on the relief of the parish. Their apprenticeship indentures were normally kept in the parish chest of the church.


Incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

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Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, November 2002.

Other Finding Aids

An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 7315, 8533, 9774, 14998-15036, 22863, 26536

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Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.