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The Excise Officers & their Duties in an English Market Town - Kingston Upon Thames 1643-1973 [1995]

Excise Officers & their Duties in an English Market Town - Kingston Upon Thames
1643 - 1973.

ISBN:952568-1-9, ISBN:0-952568-0-0 / PUB:JRP.


179 PAGES, SPIRAL BOUND.
77 ILLUSTRATIONS, A4 FORMAT.

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This study sketches the full range of Excise duties from 1643 to 1973, from the duty on beer to Value Added Tax, as they applied in Kingston upon Thames. Over the years the town was noted for tanning, malting, candle making, coaching, brewing & British wine making - all trades that attracted Excise duties & controls.

This account will interest those who wish to follow the course of the Excise from the English Civil War until the early 1970's & will add to the knowledge of those who know the long, rich, & many sided history of Kingston.

As far as known, this is the first history of the Excise in an English market town. It might conceivably act as a model for similar studies of other towns. Extensive use has been made of documents held by the public records office, Kew; Customs & Excise Headquarters in London; & the History room, Kingston.

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"Your book on the Excise Officers is excellent... I'm sure the House of Commons Library would appreciate a copy." - The Rt Hon Lord Denis Healey - Chancellor of the Exchequer 1974 - 1979.
The Edinburgh Beer Duty Fraud 1926-1933 - The Full Story.

The Edinburgh Beer Duty Fraud 1926-1933
- The Full Story.

ISBN:1-902959-05-1 / PUB:JRP.


120 PAGES, TAPE BOUND.
OVER 30 ILLUSTRATIONS, A4 FORMAT.


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In today's money, the Edinburgh United Breweries Company carried out a well over one million pound beer duty fraud between 1926 & 1933. It was the largest Excise fraud discovered between the two world wars. The spectre of the fraud haunted the Customs & Excise department for 60 years, from the time it was discovered in December 1933 until 1993 when the method of charging the beer duty was changed radically.

This extensive study provides the definitive account of the details of the fraud. It also outlines the traditional brewing process, the essential features of beer duty & the application of it's Excise controls.

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"John has the knack of taking a topic - here a million pound fraud in today's money - & research, illustrations & official records - working like a geologist on a piece of rock - until he finds a complete fossil beneath the surface." - Mark Bullen, Editor of the Customs & History Newsletter. ..More
 Customs & Excise: The Demise of an Ancient Title - London Port Collection - Established 1203 - Abolished 1995.

Customs & Excise: The Demise of an Ancient Title - London Port Collection;
Established 1203 - Abolished 1995.

ISBN:1-902959-04-3 / PUB:JRP.


TAPE BOUND, 12 PAGES.
12 ILLUSTRATIONS, A4 FORMAT.


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The main purpose of this publication is to provide a brief account of how & why the centuries old London Port Collection came to an end.

Written with an eye to posterity, accounts from the two last Collectors from the early 1990's are included together with the names of the more than one hundred & fifty previous London Port Collectors.

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"It was a sad day in 1995 when I left Gravesend Custom House for the last time, for my next job at Dorset House, Southwark. There I was near the river but unlike the 150 or so previous London Port Collections, for nearly 800 years, I was not within sight or sound of shipping on the Thames."   - Richard Lawrence CBE, Collector London Port 1991 - 95. ..More
Coroners' Inquests - Violent, Unnatural or Suspicious Deaths in Kingston upon Thames & Surroundings 1700 - 1750.

Coroners' Inquests - Violent, Unnatural or Suspicious Deaths in Kingston upon Thames & Surroundings 1700 - 1750

ISBN:1-902959-00-0 / PUB:JRP.


STAPLED BINDING, 40 PAGES.
20 ILLUSTRATIONS, A4 FORMAT.

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Coroners' inquests have & always been human tragedies. Nobody, with the possible exception of those who wish to commit suicide, expects to die a violent, unnatural or suspicious death.
Since the 13th Century, it has been the remit of Coroners' Courts to investigate these types of death.

The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames' archives hold 130 sets of papers relating to Coroners' inquests that took place between 1700 & 1750 in the Kingston & Elmbridge areas. These papers are rare survivals from the past. Surrey has very few other records relating to inquests which took place in the early 1700's.

The aim of this publication is to examine these records in greater detail than previously & to tease out more of the social history of Kingston & it's surroundings in the first half of the 18th Century.

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"John Pink has found a treasure trove in the records of the Royal Borough, relating to Coroners' Inquests; these reveal some very interesting patterns of life & death." - Rt Hon Kenneth Baker.
Two Roads in Victorian Surbiton Glimpsed from Census Returns 1861 - 1891

Two Roads in Victorian Surbiton Glimpsed from Census Returns 1861 - 1891 (Grove Road & Westfield Road, Surbiton).

ISBN:0-9525638-8-6 / PUB:JRP.


TAPE BOUND, 76 PAGES.
51 ILLUSTRATIONS, A4 FORMAT (LANDSCAPED).

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The aim of this book is to contrast two roads in Victorian Surbiton. One was populated by manual workers, artisans, their families & people they took in to help pay the rent, i.e. lodgers. The other was lived in by a much more affluent class who could afford to employ several servants.

The two roads, Westfield Road & Grove Road, just 400 yards apart, though not at the extreme ends of the social scale, reveal a wide gap between them in terms of wealth & status. This inequality fuelled aspects of behaviour & attitude that continued for the greater part of the 20th century.

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"This delightful booklet about Victorian Surbiton is a revealing piece of social history, particularly what it tells us about households in two very different roads at the time." - Baroness Blackstone, Master of Birkbeck College, University of London. One time Sociology tutor.
Country Girls Preferred' - Victoria Domestic Servants in the Suburbs.

'Country Girls Preferred' - Victoria Domestic Servants in the Suburbs.

ISBN:0-9525638-7-8 / PUB:JRP.


PERFECT BOUND, 100 PAGES.
51 ILLUSTRATIONS, A5 FORMAT.
 

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Much has been written about the large servant establishments in stately homes & fashionable town houses. However, in the new Victorian suburbs & rapidly growing towns, the majority of domestics (they numbered over a million) worked on their own, or with just one of two other servants.

This book sets the national scene for domestic work, outlines conditions of employment & gives servant job descriptions.

The working life of servants in the suburbs during the second half of the 19th century is illustrated by focusing on two localities typical of new suburbia: Surbition & neighbouring Kingston upon Thames.

Surbiton is not, & never was, the jokey suburb portrayed in televisions' 'The Good Life'. It was an upper middle class Victorian suburb created, over a period of about 50 years, after the area was linked to London by the railway in 1838. Estate agents described it as 'The Queen of the Suburbs'. Kingston is an ancient town which added suburban areas to its centre after it too was linked to London by rail in the 1860's.

The title 'Country Girls Preferred' stems from a firmly held Victorian belief that the countryside was an inexhaustible reservoir of female domestic labour for townspeople to employ. Girls from the country were generally thought to be stronger, to work for less wages, more used to hard work, to 'know their place' & to be more compliant then girls from the towns.

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"I get a frisson of delight when I see another booklet by John Pink. He always takes us into fascinating new territory, blending printed sources with his own original research, to give us a fresh approach to our local past." - June Sampson - Features Editor, Surrey Comet.
Stage Coaching & a Market Town - Kingston upon Thames 1680 - 1850 Stage Coaching & a Market Town - Kingston upon Thames 1680 - 1850: A Wide Ranging Account of Coaching on the London to Portsmouth Road .


ISBN:0-9525638-5-1 / PUB:JRP.


TAPE BOUND, 137 PAGES.
156 ILLUSTRATIONS, A4 FORMAT.

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There is little in Kingston today to remind us of the 150 years or so when coaching was ingrained in the life of the town. For many years the Market Place saw dashing post-chaises, ponderous stage wagons, smartly turned-out mail coaches & long distance stage coaches that had teams of horses changed with 'pit-stop' efficiency.

This book is dedicated to the many coachmen who drove the length of the Portsmouth Road in all weathers & on roads which were never as good as they are today.

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"John's book is a comprehensive history of coaching into which has been woven everything he could discover about Kingston's part in it... The book is a valuable research tool for students wherever they come from..." - Anne McCormick, Heritage Officer, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. ..More 
Past Times - How We Worked: Recollections of Policing.

Past Times - How We Worked: Recollections of Policing - Kingston upon Thames 1958 - 1968.

ISBN:952-5638-8-6 / PUB:JRP.


TAPE BOUND, 16 PAGES.
19 ILLUSTRATIONS, A4 FORMAT.

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Closed in 1968, Kingstons' Victorian police station still stands in London Road. Today the road is a quiet cul-de-sac, blocked off from the main shopping area by David Mach's eye-catching sculpture - twelve 'collapsing' red telephone boxes.

During its one hundred & four years of working life, the station was in one of the liveliest (albeit next to & opposite funeral parlors!) of the town. In Victorian times, the road outside was busy with horse transport. The earliest bicycles & motor vehicles passed its door, as did the first tram & trolley bus routes into Kingston.

This booklet aims to bring a small part of the station's history to life.

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"This booklet is very well researched & interesting & goes a long way to improving our records & understanding of how policing has changed over the years." - Maggie Bird, Metropolitan Police Archivist.
Essential Surbiton - A One Hour Heritage Walk.

Essential Surbiton - A One Hour Heritage Walk.

ISBN:0-9525638-9-4 / PUB:JRP.


TAPE BOUND, 20 PAGES.
28 ILLUSTRATIONS, A4 FORMAT.

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The aim of this booklet is to describe as on a guided walk, a small but historically important part of Surbiton. Bounded by the Victoria, Claremont, Maple & Brighton Roads, it would take approximately an hour to complete this walk.

The area covered contains the railway station, most of the Thomas Pooley (Surbiton's first properly developer) estate & many fine villas in the Italianate & later Victorian styles of architecture. Also included are Claremont Road (the important transport route to & from Kingston) & the Victoria & Brighton Roads which have always contained the majority of Surbiton's shops.

Included in the booklet is a brief history of Surbiton, an index of buildings mentioned & details of another guide for the further exploration of Surbiton.

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"This booklet assists residents & visitors to recognise the outstanding features of the area. It tells the stories behind the facades & draws attention to Surbiton's - our 'Queen of Suburbs' - heritage." - Gary Walsh - Tourism & Promotions Manager - Kingston upon Thames.
Kingston Upon Thames Police Versus London Motorists 1903 - 1913.

Kingston Upon Thames Police Versus London Motorists 1903 - 1913.

ISBN:978-1-902959-06-1 / PUB:JRP.


TAPE BOUND, 78 PAGES.
80 ILLUSTRATIONS, A4 FORMAT.

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The mainstay of this study is a selection of Magistrate's Court cases published in the Surrey Comet 1903-1914. Added to these reports are a substantial number of photographs copied from Kingstons' Local History Room archives, Punch magazine cartoons, & extracts from books & articles on early motoring - all combining to give a vivid, informative & entertaining account of the time. ..More 
"John Pink has done it again; this booklet is a transport of pure delight - with court reports, cartoons & photographs interwoven to take us back to an age when 20mph was 'deemed excessive speeding...'." - Edward Davey, MP for Kingston upon Thames.
Life in Kingston upon Thames 1917 & 1918 From Cases at the Magistrates Court.

Life in Kingston upon Thames 1917 & 1918 From Cases at the Magistrates Court.

ISBN:13-978-1-902959-03-0, ISBN:1-902959-03-5 / PUB:JRP.


TAPE BOUND, 59 PAGES.
33 ILLUSTRATIONS, A4 FORMAT.


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Today's Kingston Magistrates would recognise few of the cases detailed so engagingly by this book. From the wartime offences of disregarding the blackout & military desertion, to breaches of potato & sugar orders as well as selling wild rabbit above the maximum price, this account feeds the imagination of what Kingston was like during the Great War. Even the motoring offences of 1918 seem deliciously surreal, with speeding fines for breaking a 20 mph limit & fines for number plates being obscured by mud & a lady's skirt. An informative yet entertaining read from a rarely covered perspective of British history. ..More 
"John has skillfully opened a topic not previously explored." - Joan McConn, JP Kingston upon Thames.
ON STRIKE! - A Dramatic Account of The Kingston, Surbiton & Norbiton Washerwomen's Strike of 1872

ON STRIKE! - A Dramatic Account of The Kingston, Surbiton & Norbiton Washerwomen's Strike of 1872.

ISBN:0-9525638-3-5 / PUB:JRP.


TAPE BOUND, 15 PAGES.
11 ILLUSTRATIONS, A4 FORMAT.

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In the early 1870's, food prices rose by 50%. In June 1872, impoverished & bitter over years of low wages & exploitation, a group of washerwomen from Norbiton went on strike. To consolidate their position, they held protest meetings with their fellow washerwomen from Surbiton & Kingston upon Thames. The Surrey Comet covered these meetings with relish, painting a vivid picture of events & the prevailing attitudes of the time.

ON STRIKE!, contains these reports, together with some enlightening additional material from the Kingstons' Local History Room, to recall a little known yet fascinating chapter from the suburbs of the Victorian era.

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Britons Never Will Be Slaves - Grievances Aired by Domestic Servants in Kingston & Surbiton in 1872

Britons Never Will Be Slaves - Grievances Aired by Domestic Servants in Kingston & Surbiton in 1872.

ISBN:952-5638-4-3 / PUB:JRP.


TAPE BOUND, 14 PAGES.
5 ILLUSTRATIONS, A4 FORMAT.

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In the summer of 1872, washerwomen in Kingston, Surbiton & Norbiton went on strike. Their action petered out but it encouraged domestic employees, chiefly housemaids, cooks & general servants, in the same localities to air grievances about their conditions of employment. They did this by writing to the Surrey Comet in June & July.

A dozen letters were printed plus a smaller number from employers who joined in the correspondence. There was much mention of a possible strike or walk-out by domestics. The centre of the 'insurrection' appeared to be Surbiton.

The letters make fascinating reading because they were spontaneous - not written as memoirs years later. They draw back a curtain on what servants & employers thought of each other in Victorian times.

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Kingston upon Thames Tour Guides : Newsletters 1995 - onwards.

Kingston upon Thames Tour Guides : Newsletters 1995 - onwards
(JRP Editor from 2006).

ISBN:1-902959-01-9 / PUB:JRP.


TAPE BOUND, 162 PAGES.
10 ILLUSTRATIONS, A4 FORMAT.

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This collection of Kingstons' Tour Guide newsletters contains; items of less well known information about the town, research findings & recollections, which browsers of Kingstons' long & rich history will find of interest.
Customs & Excise History Network : Newsletters 1996 - onwards.

Customs & Excise History Network : Newsletters 1996 - onwards
(JRP editor until 2002).

ISBN:1-902959-02-7 / PUB:JRP.


TAPE BOUND, 54 PAGES.
39 ILLUSTRATIONS, A4 FORMAT.

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The Network, formed with the support of the HM Customs & Excise National Museum in Liverpool, provides a forum for those interested in the history of Customs & Excise (contact the museum about membership).

This collection of newsletters, containing lesser known facts & recollections from the Custom's & Excise exceedingly long history may, be of great interest to historians & the casual reader alike.
 
Copy at HMRC Museum.

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H.M. Customs and Excise: its arrest of a German cargo vessel in the Bristol Channel at the very start of the 1914-1918 war.

H.M. Customs and Excise: its arrest of a German cargo vessel in the Bristol Channel at the very start of the 1914-1918 war.


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A study paper - copy at the HMRC museum Liverpool - 2010.
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"Well at least they amuse me!": sketches of the 1950s and 1960s - booklet 2013.

 

 

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A private study for Alison and Jon, Daisy and Amy.
Purchase Tax 1940-1973, administered by HM Customs & Excise. Registered businesses visited regularly by its officers. Recollections of Purchase Tax & Betting Duty control in London in the 1960s. Purchase Tax 1940-1973, administered by HM Customs & Excise. Registered businesses visited regularly by its officers. Recollections of Purchase Tax & Betting Duty control in London in the 1960s.


ISBN-978-1-902959-11-5.
Booklet - 2011.

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Recollections of this nearly forgotten tax. Copy at British Library and HMRC Museum Liverpool.
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Glimpses of the Second World War 1939-1945 and Kingston upon Thames' War booklet.


 

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Private study.
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Travellers entering the UK at the Customs Bench 1947-1959 booklet.


 

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Private study. Copy at the HMRC Museum Liverpool.
Kingston upon Thames Tour Guides. Newsletters Nos 16-27 Vol 2

Kingston upon Thames Tour Guides. Newsletters Nos 16-27 Vol 2


ISBN-978-1-902959-12-2

 

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Kingston upon Thames Tour Guides Newsletters 2003-2009.
Editors Barbara Russell and John Pink.