To access these records you will either need to visit us, pay for research (£) or, where you can identify a specific record reference, order a copy (£).
Customs Board minute books (1734–1885)
Browse CUST 28 in Discovery, our catalogue, for minute books of Customs officers. These do not record appointments but include details such as leave, transfers, suspensions, sackings, resignations and pensions for existing officers.
Unfortunately, because of a fire at Custom House in London in 1814, very few minute books from before 1814 have survived.
From 1839 the volumes are quarterly. They are internally indexed, but before 1849 some of them have been split into two parts, with the index in the first part.
Pension records and staff lists (1642–1970)
Browse CUST 39 in our catalogue for pension records and staff lists of Customs officers. These records have not been indexed, so you will need to search records for the relevant years.
Quarterly bills of salaries (1675–1829)
Browse CUST 18 and CUST 19 in our catalogue for quarterly bills of salaries and pay lists.
Warrants for the appointment of Customs officers (1714–1797)
Search the indexes to warrants for the appointment of Customs officers in C 202/267–269 for a reference to the warrants themselves in C 208.
Search, browse and consult the following departments for various records of Customs officers:
- Boards of Customs and Excise (CUST) – the main department for records of Customs officers
- Chancery (C) – including Customs officers patent rolls
- Treasury (T) – including applications for pensions and appointments