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Shipping Records: Customs and Excise Office


Acc. 861



Ref: CE/ABM

Reference: [GB 0212] CE/ABM
Title: Records of the Customs and Excise Office, Aberystwyth.
Date(s): 1825-1990 (mostly 1894-1990)
Level: Fonds
Extent: 0.15m3

Scope and Content:

1. Records relating to wreck and salvage

1-53. Books containing particulars of wrecks, salvage and disposal

1. 12 January 1910 - 10 October 1911
2. 28 December 1912 - 30 October 1916
3. 19 June 1914 - 31 January 1916
4. 19 January 1916 - 9 March 1917
5. 5 March 1917 - 15 August 1917
6. 17 July 1917 - 8 January 1918
7. 1 November 1917 - 24 October 1918
8. 12 January 1918 - 21 September 1918
9. 25 June 1918 - 30 November 1918
10. 16 October 1918 - 14 October 1919
11. 13 October 1919 - 30 March 1921
12. 9 February 1921 - 26 February 1923
13. February 1923 - October 1923
14. 15 October 1923 - 6 February 1925
15. 7 February 1925 - January 1926 [?] 
16. 31 December 1925 - 20 November 1926
17. 22 November 1926 - 23 April 1927
18. 25 April 1927 - 26 January 1928
19. 26 January 1928 - 30 June 1928
20. 1 July 1928 - 13 May 1929
21. 14 May 1929 - 4 January 1930
22. 4 January 1930 -19 November 1930
23. 19 November 1930 - 9 May 1931
24. 11 May 1931 - 14 December 1931
25. 11 December 1931 - 11 April 1932
26. 11 April 1932 - 24 November 1932
27. 24 November 1932 - 22 March 1933
28. 1 April 1933 - 20 January 1934
29. 20 January 1934 - 22 August 1934
30. 24 August 1934 - 29 August 1935
31. 2 August 1935 - 19 August 1936
32. 24 August 1936 -19 April 1937
33. 14 April 1937 - 31 May 1938
34. 7 February 1938 - 28 November 1938
35. 28 November 1938 - 25 August 1939
36. 26 July 1939 - 28 May 1940
37. 12 April 1940 - 2 November 1940
38. 7 November 1940 - 17 July 1941
39. 15 April 1941 - 15 January 1942
40. 5 December 1941 - 12 October 1942
41. 24 August 1942 - 25 March 1943
42. 17 July 1943 - 25 September 1944
43. 9 June 1944 - 24 January 1945
44. 24 January 1945 - 11 December 1945
45. 31 October 1945 - 23 May 1947
46. 18 March 1947 - 7 April 1949
47. 7 December 1948 - 10 July 1951
48. 20 April 1951 - 28 August 1953
49. 28 September 1953 - 1 July 1955
50. 18 January 1955 - 10 November 1958
51. 18 August 1958 - 11 July 1961
52. 5 July 1961 - 7 October 1963
53. 1 May 1963 - 16 April 1968

54-55. Cash Books
54. Schedule book 13, 1955 - 1970
55. Schedule Book 10, 1961 - 1973

56. Account of expenses incurred burying carcasses 1932 - 71

57. Box file marked WRECK
containing reports, correspondence, letters etc. re: shipwrecks, salvage of wrecks on beach; 
blank forms for reporting wrecks, 1906 - 1971

58. Letter Book: wreck correspondence, 1943 - 1945

59. Correspondence, mainly with British Museum [Natural History] , concerning salvage of porpoises etc, with press cuttings, 1934 - 1936

60-64. Posters
60. "Sales of wreck" 
Issued by the Mercantile Marine Department, Board of Trade, 1921 [4 copies] 

61. "Notice: wrecked property Rhybudd: eiddo llongddrylliad" , May 1939

62. "Caution: wrecked property" Issued by The Ministry of War Transport, 1941 (8 copies)

63. "Wreck and Salvage", issued by the Ministry of War Transport, 1943 [6 copies] 

64. "Wreck and Salvage" Issued by The Board of Trade, n.d. [6 copies] 


2. Records relating to Shipping
1. Appropriation book for official numbers of British registered ships, 1855-1906 and 1923-1987 [xerox copy] 

2. Register of ships, 1911-12 [4 entries] 

3. Register of imports., with details of ship's name, master's name, from whence sailed, where discharging, cargo, 1895-1958

4. Register of exports, with details of ship's name, nationality, destination, cargo etc. 1894-1952

5. Box file entitled "SHIPS from foreign", "and Import forms" containing: 
     1. Photocopy of seals, 1927
     2. Bundle of correspondence and forms for clearance to Eire, 1947
     3. Ship's "Blue Book" of the French vessel, "Claude" arriving from Eire with a cargo
of fish, 10 April 1948
     4. Letter from Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation on Seaman's Savings Bank, December 1953
     5. Bundle of correspondence to and from Fishguard Harbour Customs House, 1961
     6. Draft letter about Fishguard Customs House, 1961
     7. Bundle of documents concerning a fishing boat, The 'James Wickham' bought from Ireland by D. E. Lewis of Newport, August 1961
     8. Guidance notes for application to register a British fishing vessel, 1988
     9. Register of fees for new fishing vessel, 1990
     10. Various blank forms

6. Book marked "C408's from 1917" containing statements of particulars relative to certain classes of trade and business, customs and excise receipts and payments, warehousing transactions, Board of Trade business, 1917- 25, 1930-54

7. Ministry of Transport: blank enquiry forms re: deaths of seamen, 1940s and completed forms relating to ships sunk, 1940-1

8. Customs and Excise receipts and payments book. Board of Trade business, 1946-54
[Nos.7 to 8 are entered in books labelled 'Register of Old Age Pension Order Books'] 

9. Notice of arrival of vessels, 1943, 1950 - 1954

10. Pier Head Record, 1979-81

11. Correspondence re: arrest and custody of vessels, 1924

12-14. Pilotage Orders
12. General Bye-laws applying to Trinity House outport Pilotage Districts, 12 June 1921
13. Special Byelaws for the Aberdovey Pilotage District, 24 June 1921
14. Pilotage Orders Confirmation [No.l] Act 1921, confirming the Pilotage Order for the Aberdovey District

15. Admiralty Tide Tables Part III, 1936

16-18. Posters
16. "Seamen's Saving Bank" 71939
17. "H.M. Customs and Excise: notice to passengers" 1938
18. "North Sea Fisheries Convention, 1882", re-issued 1955


3. Royal Naval Reserve

1. Royal Naval Reserve Enrolment Book, 1908-60 [with gaps, 1940-7]; includes memorandum to registrars and for issue to fishermen [n.d.? c.1940], and letters dated 1959 and 1960

2. Box file marked "RV10 Enrolment Book" etc., containing correspondence relating to Royal Naval Reserve, training, kit, payment, shore employment etc., 1953-60


4. Royal National Lifeboat Institution

1. File of receipts and vouchers 1964-65, with cash book, 1957-64


5. Licences and Licensing

1. Customs and Excise Act, 1952. Particulars of stills, Aberystwyth

2. Table Book no. 246, Carmarthen Collection, Aberystwyth Division, brewers, 1880-1903

3. Register of Beer Charges, Brewers for Sale, Bangor Collection, Aberystwyth District and Station, David Roberts and Son, 1896-1927

4. Table 246-B [for Breweries], Bangor and Chester [from 1922] Collection, Aberystwyth District and Station, 1902-31

5. Brewing Book [No.lA], brewers for sale [Brewing three quarters upwards], David Roberts and Sons, Aberystwyth, 1960

6. File containing
     1. Returns of Iso-propyl Alcohol
     2. Applications -- for authority to receive Industrial Methylated Spirits under the Methylated Spirits Regulations 1930
     3. Correspondence re: receipt of duty-free spirits 1903-17

7. Programmes for Horse Races
     1. Banwen Miners Hunt, Point-to-Point Steeple Chases, 1982-83 (2) 
     2. Lampeter Agricultural Society - Trotting and Galloway Races, 1982; 1985 (2) 
     3. Llanddewi Brefi Horse Races, 1982-86 (5) 
     4. Llandysul and District Horse Races, 1982; 1984
     5. Newcastle Emlyn and District Horse Races, 1977
     6. Penrhiwllan and District Horse Races, 1980; 1983 1986 (3) 
     7. Pontrhydf endigaid and District - Agricultural Show and Races, 1982
     8. Synod Inn and District Horse Races, 1984 1986 (2) 
     9. Talsarn Horse Races, 1980; 1982-1984,- 1986 (2) 
     10. Tregaron Trotting Club Races, 1980-86

8. Alphabetical List of Parishes, Places and Townships in Great Britain, with the Inland Revenue station and district in which each is situate (2nd edn. HMSO, 1903) 

9. Customs and Excise South Wales and the Borders Collection, List of Parishes etc. January 1986

10. Instructions to Officers of Excise for Collecting and securing the duties on Stage Carriages and Railways (1849) 


6. Maps

1. O.S. Map, 1":1 mile, sheet 78 (Lampeter) 1923 edition. Rolled

2. Plans of anchorages in Cardigan bay, including Barmouth, Aberdovey, Aberystwyth and Newquay, published 1892. Rolled

3. Aberdovey section of map of anchorages in Cardigan bay, published 1892. Rolled

4. O.S. Map, 1": 1 mile, sheet 68 (Aberystwyth) 3rd edition, annotated in pencil: shows extent of Gogerddan Manor, with notes relating to Foreshore near Clarach. Rolled

5. Bartholomew's 1/2" : 1 mile series, sheet 21 (Pembroke). Bad condition, bottom one-third missing. No cover. Folded

6. Bartholemew's 1/2" = l mile series, sheet 22 (Carmarthen) torn. Folded

7. O.S. Map, 1/2"=1 mile, sheet 21 (Brecon and Lampeter), 1913. Folded

8. O.S. Map 1/2" = l mile, sheet 26 (Swansea), 1913. Folded

9. O.S. Map 1/2" = l mile, sheet 178 (Llanilar) 1902. Folded


7. General

1. General register, Aberystwyth, c.1898- 1970, containing details of liquor licences, offences, records of transfer of re-scheming of Aberystwyth station, general correspondence, lordship of the Manor of Geneu'r Glyn, betting duty etc. 

2. General register, Aberaeron, c. 1933-61

3. Instructions to coast preventive men, 1935

4. Poster: National Service Acts, 1948-1950, notice to men born between 1st August 1933 and 30th September, 1933. Requirement to register at Local Offices of The Ministry of Labour and National Service on Saturday, 8 September 1951. 

5. Book of Statutes, Customs Consolidation Act, 16 and 17 Vict, cap 107 (1853); and Merchant Shipping Act, 17 and 18 Vict, cap 104 (1854) 

6. County of Cardigan, list of magistrates, August 1969

7. A table of the areas of circles in imperial gallons ... (London, HMSO, 1825)

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