Benjamin Gott was born in 1762 into a society where many children as young as six had to work. Luckily for Gott, as his father was a civil engineer the family were well off.
Benjamin attended Bingley Grammar School until he was 17. When he finished his schooling, Benjamin's father apprenticed him to a firm of wool merchants. The picture below shows Gott’s indenture of apprenticeship, which stated:
The said Benjamin Gott of his own free will and with the covenant and approbation of John Gott his father doth hereby put place and bind himself to and with said Wormald and Fountaine in the manner of an apprentice.
From Apprentice to PartnerBy the time Gott finished his apprenticeship he was 21. He now understood all aspects of the wool trade and had travelled widely in England. His bosses were obviously impressed by Gott, and offered him the opportunity to become a partner in their firm for £3,600.
‘from the great confidence they have in the integrity, honesty & abilities of the said Benjamin Gott we have agreed to take in and enter into co-partnership for the term of five years.'