H.M. Customs and Excise Records

Scope and Content

Order books and station registers, 1856-1975; acts and provisional orders for the development of ports and piers, 1793-1913; instructions, statutory rules and orders, 1839-1966; registration of ships and seamen including the issuing of British seamens' Cards and Discharge Books, 1906-1978; wreck records, [1926]-1977; financial records, 1914-1972; records of arrivals and sailings, 1931-1975; miscellaneous papers, 1881-1984; and nautical maps, 1875,[1952]

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 Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire.


Arranged into: general; acts and provisional orders; instructions, statutory rules and orders; registration of ships and seamen; wreck records; financial records; records of arrivals and sailings; miscellaneous; maps

Access Information

No restrictions


Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Catalogue of the H.M. Customs and Excise Records and NDAD website (http://ndad.ulcc.ac.uk), viewed 30 July 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Caernarfon Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.