Cowes Customs Letters Books
Much of the history of Customs on the Isle of Wight is contained in the Letters Books, of which there are three kinds, Collector to Board (available with two exceptions from 1749 -1925, later Books until 1949 have not yet been released as the contain personal data.), Board to Collector (available 1800 - 1877, although one earlier book 1703 - 1712 is also available) and the General Letters Book (available 1794 - 1909, with one exception). These Books are held at the National Archives, with the exception of Collector to Board Books 1908 - 1925 which are at the Isle of Wight Records Office in Newport.
I am carrying out partial transcription (most books are 250 or 500 pages long) of the Collector to Board Letter Books, 1749 to 1828 have been added to the site as have 1902 - 1925. I've tried to ensure all the links work, if not please let me know.
I am continuing the project, if you wish to obtain information about any other periods please contact me.
Extracts 1749 - 1800
Extracts from 1800 - 1828
Extracts from 1902 - 1926
No books have been released after 1925
9 August 2009