The early books of the Longbowstringmakers give among a mass of miscellaneous material the names of apprentices, and the eighteenth-century "Freemen Stampt" book records the names of the apprentices who became Freemen. The entries between 1604 and 1618 are particularly informative, since they give the name, occupation and place of residence of the apprentice's father, and the master's name. Usually, the apprenticeship was for seven or eight years, but might sometimes be longer. Robert Bareburre took Simon Partington as his apprentice for thirteen years from November 1611, and took William Gibbs for ten years from March 1614. Roger Benton was apprenticed to Jacob Waddington for twelve years from November 1612, and Nicholas Heyford to Hugh Lobley for twelve years from September 1614. Nothing is said about Benton's parents, but the fathers of the other three were dead, and it is probable that all four were pauper children whose native parishes saved the ratepayers' money and fulfilled the law by apprenticing them at an early age, to serve until they were twenty-one. Partington therefore was probably about eight years old when apprenticed, the others a little older.