Apprenticing in a Market Town

    Apprenticing in a Market Town

    The Story of William Harding's Charity, Aylesbury, 1719-2000

    Hugh Hanley

    Phillimore 2005

    Hardback 194pp Illustrated 245x170mm

    9781860773242   Product Code: 22613

    In 1719 a yeoman farmer called William Harding of Walton, Aylesbury, left the whole of his estate to create a charity to apprentice poor children of the parish to 'proper' trades, which meant children living in the home of a master or mistress for several years. Hanley's well-researched book offers a history of the charity and the apprenticing system, and sheds light on wider aspects of British history, including topics such as the rights of both apprentices and masters.

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