Exchequer: King's Remembrancer: Port Books
|Title:||Exchequer: King's Remembrancer: Port Books|
The records in this series resulted from an Exchequer Order of November 1564 requiring all customs officials in the various ports of England and Wales thenceforth to make their entries in blank books issued by the Exchequer.
The books are of three kinds:
Each entry in a Port Book generally contains:
After 1600 few books omit details of the places to and from which shipments were made.
Before 1600 many entries in the port books are in Latin. By 1660 most are in English.
Lesser ports, sometimes known as 'creeks' or 'havens', were grouped together under 'head ports'. Therefore Liverpool, Beaumaris and Conway, for instance, came under the head port of Chester. The arrangement of the series largely reflects this grouping into head ports. Note that the individual catalogue descripions include the name of the relevant head port as well as the name of the member port where the goods actually arrived or departed. For example, if the description states: 'THE PORT OF CHESTER. Port: Beaumaris', the returns will relate to Beaumaris only, not to Chester itself.
See also the Mainland English, Scottish and Irish Outport records: Division within CUST
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
|Physical description:||1553 bundle(s)|
|Access conditions:||Normal Closure before FOI Act:|