Softback, 195 pages. THE BROAD Town Charity was conceived by Her Grace Sarah Duchess Dowager of Somerset in her Will dated 17th May 1686, the object being to pay for poor boys to become apprenticed to honest trades and callings. The Duchess bought an estate at Cotmarsh in Broad Hinton so that the rents and profits from it could be used for the apprenticing of four boys from the Manors of Broad Town, Thornhill, Froxfield, Wootton Rivers and Huish. She also gave to the Trustees her Manor of Broad Town with all her messuages, farms, lands, tenements and heriditaments in that Manor so that rents and profits from it could be used to apprentice any poor boys of Wiltshire, subject to certain specified rules: 1. No poor boy should have more than £20 to bind him apprentice 2. No boy to have any advantage of this Charity whose parents were in possession of £20 a year Freehold Estate. 3. No boy to be under 12 years of age (13 from 1741) or over 17 years. 4. No boy to be apprenticed to his father.
There are two main parts to this transcript:: Apprentices - The first list is an index of the Broad Town Charity Apprentices in alphabetical order. The information given (when available) is as follows: Line 1. -  Apprentice's name,  Home parish,  Miscellaneous information such as details of father. Line 2. -  Date*,  Master with details of occupation and home parish. *The date shown in this index is normally the date of starting the apprenticeship. In the few cases where this was not stated in the original records the date of proposal has been given. This proposal date could be several years before the boy started his apprenticeship.
Masters - The second list is an index of masters in alphabetical order and the apprentice.
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