1877 Coachbuilding Apprenticeship awarded to a Stratford sub Castle boy

The Wiltshire Society was set up by Wiltshire gentlemen living in London in the 17th century who at an annual fundraising dinner endowed Wiltshire children with apprenticeships in the 17th and 18th centuries.


In 1817 it was relaunched with the same aim originally for children of Wiltshire poor in London and later those in Wiltshire and in addition awarded grants and loans on completion of training to set up in business. Officers visited the apprentices and the masters whom they funded. As employment trends changed it also awarded scholarships, bursaries and grants. It ran until the 20th century.

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The Apprentice Registers Of The Wiltshire Society 1817 - 1922 Edited By H R Henly Trowbridge 1997 © Wiltshire Record Society  http://www.wiltshirerecordsociety.org.uk/pdfs/wrs_v51.pdf


John Adlam in the 1871 and 1881 Censuses

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Kerry O'Connor

March 2021