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Resistance to Apprenticeships

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Robert Dymond's book 'Things New and Old Concerning Widecombe-in-the-Moor' from 1876, includes a chapter on the old documents in the parish chest.

This includes some interesting snippets from the Overseers' Accounts including the following:

Amongst payments for 1714 was one of a shilling "for warrants to summons forth several p'sons before ye justices to show cause why they would not take apprentices".

This shows that there was resistance in some quarters to the taking of apprentices. Certainly it was a long-term commitment.

You can read more of Robert Dymond's rummage through the parish chest here