John Steptoe (c.1623-1673), alderman of Southampton and mayor in 1663, is best remembered for setting up a charity that bore his name. In his will he left lands in Fawley and Millford to provide gifts to the poor and loans for young tradesman. In 1837 many such small charities were grouped together under the Municipal Charities in order to make better use of the funds. The records of the Steptoe Charity within this new framework continued to 1943.
An apprenticeship indenture shows that John Steptoe was apprenticed to his father, an ironmonger, in 1637.

John Steptoe

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Oil on canvas by unknown artist. Now in Southampton Art Gallery

Further reading:
Familiar and Forgotten, by Southampton Art Gallery. (HS/t)


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