Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

H.M. Customs and Excise Records

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XA/

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Title: H.M. Customs and Excise Records

Short title: H.M. Customs and Excise, Caernarfon, records

Dates of creation: 1793-1984

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium:

Name of creator(s): HM Customs & Excise, Caernarfon office


Administrative and 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.


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]


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: 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

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

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


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Caernarfon Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: 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 (, viewed 30 July 2004.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of description: July 2004



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