Records of HM Customs & Excise, Newport

Scope and Content

Administrative records, 1912-1971, including Customs Collector's and Waterguard copy letter books; financial records, 1913-1984, including wreck and salvage records; papers and correspondence, 1889, 1950; Admiralty chart of Bristol Channel and River Usk, 1878-1902; Lloyd's register of shipping, 1943-1944; fragment of book cover for the port of Chepstow, 1795.

Administrative / Biographical History

HM Customs and Excise are responsible for the collection of duties payable to the Crown, on the import and export of goods and on their manufacture. By the 19th century collection of duties was the responsibility of the Board of Custom and the Board of Excise (later becoming the Board of Inland Revenue). The two boards were amalgamated into the Board of Customs and Excise in 1909, responsible for administering Her Majesty's Customs and Excise. HM Customs and Excise had offices in the Port of Newport, Monmouthshire.


Arranged into the following: administrative records; financial records; papers and correspondence; maps; miscellaneous.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited under sec. 4(1) of the Public Records Act 1958, [2000].


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of Records of HM Customs & Excise, Newport, Mon.; NDAD website (, viewed 23 June 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Geographical Names