Available as a CD and a downloadable PDF file. The Bristol Record Office (BRO) holds a continuous series of Apprenticeship Records dating from 1532 to 2009. They are contained in a set of 26 books, known as The Bristol Apprenticeship Books and were originally identified by the BRO as Volumes AB/1(a) to AB/1(z).
This CD contains the 12 most recent volumes, namely 1(o) to 1(z) and its contents are divided into an Apprentice Name Index
, Father's Trade Index
, Father's Abode Index
, Master's Name Index
, Master's Trade Index
and a transcription of each volume
(click the links to see an example). Approximately 24,000 entries.
Volume 1(o) 1724-1740; Volume 1(p) 1740-1760; Volume 1(q) 1760-1761
Volume 1(r) 1754-1764; Volume 1(s) 1764-1777; Volume 1(t) 1777-1787
Volume 1(u) 1787-1798; Volume 1(v) 1798-1810; Volume 1(w) 1810-1820
Volume 1(x) 1820-1830; Volume 1(y) 1830-1849; Volume 1(z) 1847-2009
The Apprentice Books of Bristol are very strongly linked with the Burgess Books of Bristol (also available as a CD elsewhere on this webpage). It was only the Burgesses, in other words the Freemen of the City, who were entitled, moreover, obliged to take on Apprentices. Furthermore, serving an apprenticeship to a freeman was one of the ways in which an individual could in turn become a Freeman.
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