Family History Federation

Register of Pedlars Indorsements – 1871-1875

This booklet was compiled by members of the Devon Family History Society in co-operation with the Devon Records Office. The booklet provides an extract of some information and further details may be obtained from the Devon Records Office. The Exeter City Archives collection contains two Registers of Pedlars’ Indorsements, covering the dates 1871-1875 and 1875-1881. These record the dates of indorsements made by the Chief Constable of Exeter Police Force on the certificates of pedlars in the City who had travelled from other parts of England and Wales. The information given in the registers is the name of the pedlar, his or her address (often just a place-name) the police district which issued the certificate and the dates of the certificate’s issue and expiry. Most of the pedlars came from southern England and south Wales but there are a few from Lancashire and Yorkshire. Some made repeated visits to Exeter and it seems likely that they had a set route which they travelled each year, selling their wares. The Registers show the distances people in the 1870s were prepared to travel to earn a living; they could be useful in helping to track down itinerant members of the family who were away from home on census night. The City Archives also contain a Register of Pedlars’ Certificates which records certificates issued annually to pedlars between 1871 and 1874, by the Chief Constable under the Pedlars Act of 1870. The register lists the name and residential address of each pedlar and the date on which the certificate was granted and expired. Almost all of the pedlars listed were residents of the city of Exeter.


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