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Returns of Apprentices Attendance at Church – 1802-1803 – Abbots Bickington, Black Torrington, Bradford, Bradworthy, Bridgerule, Clawton, Hollacombe, Holsworthy, Luffincot, North Petherwin and West Putford

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. Churchwardens and overseers were obliged to make returns, on printed forms, of the apprentices who attended church, and these were delivered to the local magistrates. For some reason, this small set of returns has been passed on, by the magistrates, to the justices at the county Quarter Sessions. The returns cover the parishes of Abbots Bickington, Black Torrington, Bradford, Bradworthy, Bridgerule, Clawton, Hollacombe, Holsworthy, Luffincot, North Petherwin and West Putford and are all dated 1802/3. It is not certain why only returns from a small area of north west Devon, on the border with Cornwall, have survived in this way. It is possible that it was due to a misunderstanding of the Health and Morals of Apprentices Act, passed in 1802, which aimed to improve conditions for pauper apprentices in factories and which stipulated that apprentices should receive an hour of Christian instruction on Sundays. The returns list the names of the masters and of their apprentices and also indicate the Sundays when each apprentice has attended church. They are useful for family historians in providing evidence of apprenticeship which might not have survived in parish records and in doing so, they fill in the gap in the lives of young people during the period between childhood and marriage which is not written about anywhere else.

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