The Poor Law, the Parish Apprentice, and the Textile Industries in the North of England, 1780–1830

  title={The Poor Law, the Parish Apprentice, and the Textile Industries in the North of England, 1780–1830},
  author={Katrina Honeyman},
  journal={Northern History},
  pages={115 - 140}
  • K. Honeyman
  • Published 1 September 2007
  • History, Economics
  • Northern History
Abstract This article combines evidence from a variety of Poor Law sources, including apprenticeship registers and indentures, and minutes of discussions of parish officials, and information from business records, to assess the relationship between textile entrepreneurs and Poor Law officialdom in the development of the early textile factory labour force in the North of England, of which parish children formed an important component. It reveals the distribution of parish apprentices over long… 
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