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Registers of Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures 1710-1811 [The National Archives]
Stamp duty became payable on apprenticeships from a statute passed in 1710 and a central register was kept.  Before that, the contact was just a private transaction between the master and the parents. The original PRO records, from which this index has been created,  have been filmed by the Church of Latter Day Saints. However, they contain little more detail than the indexes.

Also includes additional information from the online indexes available through the Society of Genealogists (London). This SOG index covers the period 1710-1811 but is not yet complete (it includes volumes 1-7,9-14,16,34 of the printed volumes and piece numbers 28-29,31-34 and 59-66 on film). Further surnames and years will be added as the work progresses over the next few years by volunteers from the Society of Genealogists. Now on

Year of Indenture Surname of Apprentice Detail Vol/Folio
1713 Nov 23 STERRY Thos son of Thos Sterry of Southwark Tallowchandler to Jno Steger Cit & Clockmaker £30 2/140
1716 JUn 8 STERRY Wasey son of Thos Sterry Tall. Chandler to Lawford Godfrey of Southwark Distiller & Chocolate Maker £30 4/180
1719 May 9 STERRY Ben: son of Jos: Sterry Cit & Tinplateworker to John Crossby of Southwark Salter £40 7/133
1728 Dec 20 STERRY Sam[uell] son of Abraham to Thos Knight of Ross Hereford tay £5 49/20
1736 Apr 24 COPE Henry son of Sarah Cope of Wansworth to Nuce Sterry of Wansworth Surry Carpenter £4/4/0 14f/144
1737 Jan 27 STERRY Nathll Sterry of Grays Thorock Essex to Will Hall of Stanford Le Hope in Essex Wheeler £5/15/6 15/146
1737 Apr 12 COOPER James son of Joseph Cooper of Cit: & Tallowchandler to Henry Sterry Cit & Tinplateworker £22 15f/39
1741 Jul 27 WOOTTON Thos son of Eloner Wootton to John Sterry of Blocksidge Joyner &c 50/25
1744 Dec 18 CLARKE Augustus son of Will Clarke to John Sterry of Bungay Suffolk Cordwainer £3 50f/267
1746 Sep 3 STERRY Henry son of Henry Sterry decd to Geo Jervis Cit & Currier £80 17/221
1749 Apr 19 CROCKFORD James Edward Crockford of Wandsworth to Nuce Sterry of Wandsworth Surry Carpenter £10 18f/178
1752 Aug 17 STERRY Thos son of Saml Sterry to Thos Wightman of Wandsworth calico cutter £25 19/51
1756 Feb 25 HORNE Benja: Horne to Henry Sterry Cit: and Currier of London 20/169
1757 Jul 9 STERRY Benja: Sterry to Jas Hill Cit: & Joyner of London £50 21/70
1760 Oct 14 SKINNER Mattw to Nuce Sterry of Wandsworth Surry Carpenter 22/153
1760 Mar 7 STERRY Ann Sterry to Marmaduke Smith Cit & Stationer of London £50 22/94
1769 Jul 20 STERRY Saml Harris Sterry to Rob Smith of Lowestoft Cordwainer £5/5/- 57/70
1769 Jun 30 STERRY Benj Sterry to Jno Baynham of Newnham Carpenter £7 57/52
1770 Aug 24 STERRY Jno Sterry to Rob Cullington of Wrentham Bricklayer £5/5/- 57/133
1778 Apr 12 STERRY James Sterry to John Edwards of Southwold Suffolk Wheelwright 60f/152
1778 Oct 14 PALMER Francis Palmer to Thomas Starie of Stoke Pryor Herefordshire Cutler 61f/25
1784 May 14 STERRY Ben: Wasey Sterry to William Perkins Manningtree Essex Burger Attorney 32f/10
1785 Feb 25 STERRY T J Sterry to Jno Buck of Hingham Norfolk Grocer 32f/122
1786 Sep 9 STERRY Samuel H Sterry to John Heatherley of Witham Essex Surgeon &c 64f/221
1787 Mar 2 STERRY Henry Sterry to William Wallis of Cheapside London Linen Draper 33f/94
1788 Nov 8 STERRY Richard Sterry to George Warren of Westbury Gloucestershire Cordwainer 65f/50
1789 Dec 10 STERRY Peter Sterry to Stephen Gorle of St Martin City of Worcester, Glover 65f/133
1789 Apr 8 STARIE Thomas Starie to John Beddoe of Ledbury Herefordshire Mercer &c 65f/60
1791 Nov 16 STERRY Joshua Sterry to James Clements of Chippenham Wiltshire weaver 67f/88
1792 Aug 17 STERRY Josh Sterry to Thos Day of Saffron Walden Essex Grocer 35/142
1805 Jul 9 TURNER

Jos[ep]h Turner to Ja[mes Sterry of St Martins in the Field, Cordw[ainer]

1806 Dec 8 STERREY Robt Sterrey to Saml Sterrey, St Luke Middx, Mouldmaker 40/76


The following indexes of London Apprenticeship records have been searched without finding any Sterrys:
Brewers' 1531-1685, Cutlers, 1442-1448, 1565-1800, Plaisterers' 1599-1662, 1698-1800, Apothecaries' 1617-1669, Wax Chandlers' 1666-1800, Brown Bakers' 1615-1646, Carmens' 1668, 1678-1800, Farriers; 1619-1800, Masons' 1663-1805, Cooks' 1654-180, Ironmongers' 1655-1800, Dyers' 1706-1746, Armourers' and Brasiers' 1610-1800, Coachmakers; and Coach Harness Makers' 1677-1800, Founders' 1643-1800, Paviors' 1568-1800, Upholders' 1704-1772, Poulters' 1691-1729, 1754-1800, Innholders 1642-1643, 1654-1670, 1673-1800, Makers of Playing Cards 1675-1760, Musicians 1765-1800, Saddlers 1657-1666, 1800, Tobaccopipemakers 1800, Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers 1693-1837, Spectaclemakers 1666-1800, Loriners 1722-1731, 1759-1800, Patternmakers 1673-1805, Distillers 1659-1811, Basketmakers 1639-1824, Needlemakers 1664-1801 and Pinmakers 1691-1723, Gunmakers 1656-1800, Glaziers 1694-1800, Broderers' 1679-1713, 1763-1800, Combmakers 1744-1750, Fanmakers 1775-1805, Frameworkknitters 1724-1730, Fruiterers 1750-1815, Gardeners 1764-1850 and Horners 1731-1800, Glass-Sellers 1664-1812 and Woolmens 1665-1828, Glovers 1675-1679, 1735-1748, 1766-1804, Bowyers 1680-1806 and Fletchers 1739-1754, 1764-1808, Longbowstringmakers 1604-1668, 1709, 1714-1717, Tylers and Bricklayers 1612-1644, 1668-1800, Brewers 1685-1800, Painters 1655-1805, Pewterers 1611-1800, Turners 1596-1800

Thames Watermen & Lightermen Bindings 1692-1908

Name of Apprentice Date of Binding Location Master's Name Date of Freedom Computer Reference
Nathaniel Sterry 28/11/1740 Grays Richard Hyder 29/4/1748 2893
Samuel Sterry 3/8/1711 Wandsworth Thomas Skinner 19/8/1720 2903
Abraham Sterry 19/4/1706 Christchurch Daniel Barrow Jnr 00/00/00 2894
George Sterry 19/4/1706 Christchurch John Powell Snr 00/00/00 2895

Notes: A waterman is a person who navigates a boat carrying paying passengers. These boats would have been some form of row boat, sometimes with sails. This service was very much in demand in early times as the river was a most important artery through London and the highways were in a very poor state and horse drawn transport slow. Prior to the nineteen century there were not many bridges over the Thames. The Waterman's Company dates from 1555 and in 1585 were granted their own coat of arms by Queen Elizabeth I.  Lightermen carried goods on the river in a lighter or barge.  In 1700 they were amalgamated with the watermen to form the Company of Watermen and Lightermen.

Originally boys were bound to a Master who was a Freeman of The Company for a period of between five and seven years. Records of these Apprenticeship Bindings were kept from 1688 to 1884 and have been deposited at the Guildhall Library in London. The Binding Books have been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah (Mormons). If no date is shown in the fifth column above it means that the boy never gained his freedom of the Court and this was the case for over half of all boys bound. Failure could be for various reasons, perhaps the boy did not satisfy the Court of his worthiness or his Master was not satisfied with his competence, or the boy or his Master may have died or as happened on frequent occasions the Company was charged with the task of providing large numbers of men for pressed service into the Navy and men and boys were drafted. Having found names of interest in the Apprenticeship Bindings, one should consult the series of six Affidavit Books which cover the years 1759-1897 and add detail about date of birth of apprentice and place of baptism. The Watermen and Lightermen were close knit communities and fathers apprenticed sons or nephews; brother apprenticed brother; sons of Watermen often married daughters of Watermen. (From notes provided by Society of Australian Genealogists, Sydney, NSW, Australia)

Tinplateworkers' Company 1666, 1668, 1676, 1681, 1683-1800
STEREY Joseph s. Joseph, Streatham, Sry, cooper to John WEST (snr) 1 Jan 1688/89
SALTER Nicholas s. Nicholas, Taunton, Som. to Joseph STERRY 1 May 1702
STERREY Wasey s. Thomas, St Olave Southwark, Surrey, tallow chandler to Joseph STERREY 8 Jan 1716/17
STERREY Samuel s. Thomas, Southwark, Surrey, tallow chandler to Joseph STERREY 1 May 1721
MILES Turner s. William, Watton, Hrt, gentleman to Richard LEA 1 Aug 1721 to 1 ___(?) 1725 master (dead) turned over to Joseph STERREY (jnr)
MILLIS William s. Michael, Newbury, Berkshire, clothworker to Henry STERRY 22 Aug 1729
COOPER James s. Joseph, citizen and tallow chandler to Henry STERRY 17 Mar 1736/37 to 1 May 1739 turned over to John HAGGARD
VANDEWALL Daniel s. Joseph, citizen and draper to Henry STERRY 8 Jan 1739/40 to 1 May 1744 master (dead) turned over to William MILLIS

Plumbers' Company 1571-1800

STERREY William s. George, St Mary Overy, Southwark, Surrey, blacksmith to Stephen ____(?), 3 Apr 1684
STERRY Robert s. Robert, Christchurch, Southwark, Surrey, shipwright (dead) to William STERRY 25 Apr 1705

Curriers' Company 1628-1800

STERRY Henry s. Henry, Snow Hill (St Sepulchre). London, tinplate worker (dead) to George JARVIS 28 Aug 1746 (free)
BIRCH Richard s. William, Knockin, Sal., farmer (dead) to Henry STERRY 20 Feb 1761
GOODCHILD William s. Robert, Thames Ditton, Surrey, husbandman to Henry STERRY 2 May 1764
HORNE Benjamin s. Benjamin, Rotherhithe, Surrey, merchant to Henry STERRY 21 Feb 1756 (free)
KENNABY John s. John, Croydon, Surrey, labourer to Henry STERRY 24 Jan 1761 (free)

Tallow Chandlers Company 1632-1800

STERRY Thomas, New Apprentice [Place] Tooting Bec, Streatham, Surrey [Father] Joseph, cooper [Master] William Gurney, Tallow Chandler [Apprenticeship Date] 20 Jul 1685 [Year] 1685
[Source: Records of London's Livery Companies Online - Apprentices and Freemen 1400-1900 -]

Feltmakers Company 1669-1800

STEARY, George, son of Samuel, Kieper, Durham, leatherdresser to Henry Wetherell, 3 Mar 1745/6, turned over to William Hall, 7 Nov 1748, Feltmakers' Company

Drapers', Roll of

STERRY Peter, New Apprentice [Place] London [Father] Peter Sterry, Yeoman, London [Master] George Juice, Citizen and Draper [Apprenticeship Date] 12 Feb 1689 [Year] 1690 [Bond] 7 years [Approx Date of death] 1703

STERRY Nathaniel, New Apprentice [Place] Worcestershire [Father] George Sterry, Wool Stapler, Worcester, Worcestershire [Master] Nathaniel Newberry, Citizen and Draper [Apprenticeship Date] 26 Jul 1762 [Year] 1762 [Bond] 7 years [Approx Date of death] 1816

STERRY Nathaniel, New Apprentice [Place] Worcestershire [Father] George Sterry, Wool Stapler, Worcester, Worcestershire [Turnover Master] Daniel Vandewall, Citizen and Tinplate worker [Apprenticeship Date] 11 Apr 1763 [Year] 1763

STERRY Nathaniel, New Apprentice [Place] Worcestershire [Father] George Sterry, Wool Stapler, Worcester, Worcestershire [Turnover Master] James Phillips, Citizen and Woolman [Apprenticeship Date] 6 Oct 1768 [Year] 1768

STERRY Nathaniel, New freeman, Draper Co [Father] George Sterry, Wool Stapler [Turnover Master] James Phillips, Citizen and Woolman [Freedom by] Servitude [Date] 18 Jul 1780 [Year] 1780

STERRY Richard, New Apprentice [Place] Surrey [Father] Benjamin Sterry, Oil & Colourman, Laytons Yard Southwark [Master] James Wrench, Seedsman, Citizen and Draper [Apprenticeship Date] 28 Feb or Mar 1799 [Year] 1799 [Bond] 7 years [Approx Date of death] 1864

STERRY Richard, New freeman, Co Draper [Father] Benjamin Sterry, Oil & Colourman, Laytons Yard Southwark, Citizen and Joiner [Freedom by] Servitude [Date] 23 Mar 1807 [Year] 1807

STERRY Alfred, New freeman, Co Draper [Father] Richard Sterry, Citizen and Draper, Witness [Witness] Henry Barrett, Oil Merchant Boro [Freedom by] Patrimony [Date] 27 Jan 1848 [Year] 1848 [Approx Date of Death] 1876
[Source: Records of London's Livery Companies Online - Apprentices and Freemen 1400-1900 -]

Mercers' Company

STERRY Christopher, New Apprentice [Father] Peter Sterry, Clerk, Sheen Surrey [Master] John Eaton, Co Mercer [Apprenticeship Year] 1664 [Bond] 7 years

STERRY Peter, New Apprentice [Father] Peter Sterry, Clerk, West Sheene Surrey [Master] Rowland Hill, Co Mercer [Apprenticeship Year] 1662 [Bond] 7 years from 20 July or 12 Sept

STERRY Thomas, New Apprentice [Father] Thomas Sterry, Clerk, Finesham Kent, dead [Master] Thomas Threkeld, Co Mercer [Apprenticeship Year] 1664 [Bond] 7 years from 24 June next [Source: Records of London's Livery Companies Online - Apprentices and Freemen 1400-1900 -]


COPE Hy s Sar of Wandsworth to Nuce STERRY of Wandsworth 14 Ap 1736 7 years from 2 Mar 1735 4 pounds-4s (24 Apr 1736:144)

CROCKFORD Jas Edw of Wandsworth to Nuce STERRY of Wandsworth carp.; 30 Mar 1748; C.I.C.; 7 years to Mar 1748; 10 pounds. (19 Apr 1749: 178)

Abbreviations Used:
C.I.C. = common indenture and counterpart
s = son of
Sar = Sarah
Hy = Henry
Jas = James
Edw = Edward

[Source: Index of Surrey Apprentices 1731 - 1749, West Surrey Family History Society]


Great Yarmouth Apprenticeship Indentures 1563-1665 (NFHS)
No Sterrys

Note: A bound apprentice could be freed by years of service or patrimony ie father was a member of the guild

Bristol, Gloucestershire

Bristol Apprenticeship Books Vol 1(a) to 1(n) 1532-1724 [Bristol and Avon Family History Society]

Date Apprentice's Name Father of Apprentice Father's Trade Father's Abode Master's Name Master's Trade Wife Forename Other Vol/ Pg/ No
1537 Sep 15 Thomas Adeane James Husbandman Lydney Gls Thomas Sturry Ship Carpenter Marion   1A/102/1
1550 Aug 4 Simon Stirry John (decd.) Smith Ruardean Gls Clement Craddock Whittawer Elizabeth For 8 years App to have at end 26/8 f 4/6 etc. 1A/460/6
#1599 Oct 12 John Stirrye Henry   Ruardean Gls John Guy Merchant Ann 10 years 1C/103/2
#1604 Oct 25 James Stirry Peter (decd.)   Ruardean Gls John Clement Sail Maker Joan   1C/174/9
#1613 Apr 14 John Sled Edward (decd.) Yeoman Minsterworth Gls James Stirry Sail Maker Joan   1D/63/4
#1619 Mar 27 Richard Smarte Anthony Husbandman Ruardean Gls James Stirry Sail Maker Joan   1D/193/9
#1622 Jan 26 James Dennis James (decd') Mariner Bristol James Stirry Sail Maker Joan   1D/254/9
#1624 Feb 2 Lancelot Tyzon Peter (decd.) Mariner Bristol James Stirry Sail Maker Joan   1D/304/2
#1626 Jul 27 Thomas Longe George Yeoman Ruardean Gls James Storry Sail Maker Joan   1E/10/7
#1627 Sep 26 John Imme John (decd.) Husbandman Ruardean Gls James Stirry Sail Maker Joan   1E/49/10
#1628 Aug 12 John Kinge George Shoe Maker Kempley Gls James Stirry Sail Maker Joan   1E/80/5
#1629 Jul 3 Edmond Winkell John (decd.) Yeoman Longhope Gls James Stirry Sail Maker Joan   1E/112/6
#1631 Nov 17 Anthony Sterry John (decd.) [sic-his father was James] Sail Maker Bristol Lancelot Hudson Shipwright Anne   1E/198/8
#1632 Nov 14 William Witherlie Walter Yoeman Bristol Joan Stirrie Sail Maker     1E/222.2/3
#1633 Mar 12 Jonathan Elver William Linen Weaver Cocker [West Coker] Som James Skerry Sail Maker Grace   1E/231/5
#1636 Jun 10 Samuel Pate Edward (decd.) Baize Weaver Bristol James Sterry Sail Maker Grace Deleted 1E/340/4
1637 Jan 17 John Sterry John Merchant St Ives Con Richard Bond Mariner Margaret   1F/355/5
#1641 Dec 30 Thomas Naish Henry Labourer Bristol James Sterrie Sail Maker Grace   1G/35/3
#1642 Oct 29 Richard Tillatt Richard (decd.) Weaver Bristol James Sterry Sail Maker Grace   1G/55/8
#1648 Aug 29 Derritius Caech William (decd.) Surgeon Bristol James Sterry Sail Maker Grace   16/180/2
1664 Dec 10 ? Reece William     James Sterrey     Nevis 5 years 11/23/1
1664 Dec 31 David Gaines ?     James Sterry     Nevis 4 years 11/27/9
#1670 May 9 James James Michael Planter Barbados William Sterry Mariner Charity   1K/4/7
#1681 Feb 21 Thomas Sterry Thomas (decd.) Mariner Bristol Robert Carter House Carpenter Bridget   1K/257/3
#1684 Jun 5 Willliam Raymond Lawrence (decd.) Linen Draper Bristol William Sterry Mariner Charity   1K/316/4

# = Ruardean, Gloucestershire, UK line
+ = Longhope, Gloucestershire, UK line