Information sheet

HM Customs and Excise book list

Sheet number 72

If you would like to research the history of HM Customs and Excise, the following books may be useful. 

General

ASHWORTH, William J, 'Customs and Excise – Trade, Production and Consumption in England 1640-1845', Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003, ISBN 0 199259 21 6

CARSON, Edward, 'The Ancient and Rightful Customs', London, Faber & Faber, 1972,
ISBN 0 571091 99 7

DAUNTON, Martin, 'Trusting Leviathan – The Politics of Taxation in Britain 1799-1914', Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2001, ISBN 0 521803 72 1

DAUNTON, Martin, 'Just Taxes – The Politics of Taxation in Britain 1914-1979', Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002, ISBN 0 521814 00 6

DORN, Nicholas, MURJI, Karim and SOUTH, Nigel, 'Traffickers – Drug Markets and Law Enforcements', London, Routledge, 1992, ISBN 0 415035 37 6 (pkb)

HOON, Elizabeth, Evelynola, 'The organization of the English Customs System 1696-1786', Devon, David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd., 1968

KNIGHT, Jill, 'The Civil Service Rifles in the Great War', South Yorkshire, Pen & Sword Military, 2004, ISBN 1 844150 57 7

LEFTWICH, BR, 'A History of the Excise', London, 1908.

McCOY, Charles, 'McCoy's Dictionary of Customs & Excise'. London, Greaves, London, 1938.

ORMROD, David, 'The Rise of Commercial Empires – England & the Netherlands in the age of Mercantilism 1650-1770', Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003, ISBN 0 521819 26 1

PINK, John, 'The Excise officers and their duties in an English market town'. Kinston upon Thames 1643-1973. ISBN 95256819

SABINE, BEV, 'A History of Income Tax', London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1966

SHEPPARD, Horace, MBE, 'Beyond the Call of Duty', West Sussex, The Old Museum Press, 1998 ISBN 1 840420 12 X

SMITH, Graham, 'Something to Declare, 1000 years of Customs & Excise', London, Harrap, 1980, ISBN 0 245534 72 5

Smuggling

CARSE, Robert, 'A Book of Smugglers', New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1970

CHACKSFIELD, K Merle, 'Smuggling Days', Dorset, Dorset Publishing Company, 1984 (Third Edition), ISBN 0 902129 56 2

CHATTERTON, E Keble, 'King’s Cutters and Smugglers', London, George Allen & Company Ltd., 1912

DAY, David, 'Smugglers and Sailors - The Customs History of Australia, 1788-1901' Canberra, AGPS Press publications, 1993 (Maritime Archive and Library collection – 760.DAY)

DOUCH, John, 'Smuggling - The Wicked Trade'. Dover, Crabwell Publications/Buckland Publications Ltd., 1980, ISBN 0 906124 05 0

DOUCH, John, 'Smuggling – Rough, Rude Men', Dover, Crabwell Publications/Buckland Publications Ltd., 1985, ISBN 0 906124 07 7

DOUCH, John, 'Smuggling – Flogging Joey’s Warriors, How the Royal Navy fought the Kent & Sussex Smugglers', Dover, Crabwell Publications/Buckland Publications Ltd., 1985, ISBN 0 906124 08 5

FRASER, Duncan, 'The Smugglers', Montrose, Standard Press Montrose, 1978,
ISBN 0 900871 34 2

GREEN, Timothy, 'The Smugglers – An Investigation into the World of the Contemporary Smuggler', London, Michael Joseph Ltd., 1969, ISBN (?) 7 181020 45

PHILP, Roy, 'The Coast Blockade – the Royal Navy’s War on Smuggling in Kent & Sussex 1817-31', Sussex, Compton Press, ISBN 0 953602 20 6

PLATT, Richard, 'The Ordnance Survey Guide to Smugglers’ Britain', London, Cassell Publishers Ltd., 1991, ISBN 0 304340 65 0

PRINGLE, Patrick, 'The Pegasus Book of Smugglers', London, Dobson Books Ltd., 1965

QUINN, Tom, 'Smugglers’ Tales', Devon, David & Charles, 1999, ISBN 0 715306 96 0

SMITH, Graham, 'King's Cutters, The Revenue Service and the War against Smuggling'. London, Conway Maritime Press Ltd., 1983, ISBN 0 851772 91 9

'Smuggling Series'. Newbury, Berkshire, Countryside Books (various authors)

TINDALE, John, 'Owlers, Hoverers & Revenue Men', North Yorkshire, Whitby Publishers, 1986, ISBN 0 951189 20 4

WILKINS, Frances, 'The Smuggling Trade Revisited', Worcestershire, Wyre Forest Press, 2004, ISBN 1 897725 12 4

WOOD, G Bernard, 'Smugglers’ Britain', London, Cassell & Company Ltd, 1966 

*WOODS, E Cuthbert, 'Smuggling in the Wirral'.  Article, 1927. (Maritime Archives & Library collection - 720.WOO/PM)

Scientific and gauging

CLIFTON, Gloria, 'The Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers 1550-1851', London, Zwemmer an Imprint of Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., 1995, ISBN 0 302006 34 6

HAMMOND, PW and EGAN, Harold, 'Weighed in the Balance – A history of the Government Chemist', London, HMSO, 1992, ISBN 0 115153 02 0

HOPP, Peter M, 'Slide Rules – Their History, Models, and Makers', New Jersey (United States), The Astragal Press, 1999, ISBN 1 879335 86 7

Finding a book

These books should be available through your local library or interlibrary loan. However if you cannot find a copy, the Seized! library may hold one. You are welcome to make an appointment to visit, but please note that books are not available on loan.

The Seized! library is available for use during normal office hours by appointment only.

Please ring (0151 478 4507) or send an email using this contact form to check that the book and the library are available before you visit.

Unless indicated otherwise, the books are not available in the Maritime Museum Archives and Library. 
 
(HMSO – Her Majesties Stationery Office)

Alternatively you may find these down loadable information sheets useful

  • History of smuggling – information sheet 24
  • Tracing your ancestors - information sheet 44
  • Book list – information sheet 72
  • History of rummage - information sheet 73
  • Useful publications for researchers  - information sheet 74
  • Useful websites for researchers - information sheet 75

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