Another unexpected find in the de Trafford of Trafford collection [ref: DDTR] has been an account book for Cooke & Beever, a solicitors firm based in Salford. Members of the de Trafford family were customers of the firm (hence the connection to the de Trafford estate collection), but the volume also covers work undertaken for other clients, one of whom was Chetham's Hospital (or School) in Manchester.
The school was founded in 1656 in buildings acquired by the executors of the will of Humphrey Chetham. Chetham was a textile merchant, banker and landowner who made provision in his will for the establishment of a library and a school for poor boys.
The work undertaken by Cooke & Beever for the School was to draw up apprentice indentures, as pupils appear to have been apprenticed out.
As well as describing the work completed & the cost of it, the volume also lists the names of the masters along with the corresponding boys' names.
Unfortunately, no further details are given about either the masters, apprentices or the terms of the apprenticeships.