Apprenticeship indenture of Thomas Rickard

Scope and Content

Indenture of apprenticeship, 27 Apr 1663, between Thomas Rickard, 'a poore child' of East Bergholt, Suffolk, and Thomas West, broadcloth weaver, mentioning the consent of John Maxley and Richard Mitchell (churchwardens), William Marlow, Robert Fen and John Piddington (overseers of the poor), and of two justices of the peace, to be enforced until Rickard reaches the age of twenty-four. Signed with the mark of Thomas West and sealed. A marginal note states 'Allowed by us Henry Parker'. Witnessed by John Ellyatt, clerk, and George Barnes.

Administrative / Biographical History

An apprenticeship indenture bound a young person to a master, to learn from him his art, trade or business, and to serve him during the time of his apprenticeship, which could only last until he reached his majority.


Single item.

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Acquisition Information

Bought from Barry Duncan in 1962.

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Collection level description.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

7¾" x 11½"

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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