Excise Officer's notebook

Scope and Content

Manuscript notebook kept by an excise officer in service between 1827 and 1854, during which time he acted in Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, the Isle of Wight, Bristol, Southampton, Liverpool, Scotland and Ireland. The notes are of an extremely miscellaneous nature, mostly not of a professional kind; they include cask sizes, import of tobacco and snuff, recipes, historical notes and tables, addresses, and extracts from the churchwardens' accounts of Banwell, Somerset.

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Stroud was born in December 1799. He joined the excise service in 1827 and began his training in the Dorchester 2nd division. By December 1827, Stroud was qualified to survey brewers, victuallers, tanners, soapmakers and other dealers. His career was peripatetic and took him to Bristol, Andover, Campbeltown, Oxford, and the Isle of Wight amongst other places. He retired on grounds of ill health in 1853.


Single item.

Access Information

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Acquisition Information

Bought from Jabez Elliott in 1967.

Other Finding Aids

Collection level description.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

8¾" x 3¼"

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.