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Name: Somerset Record Office
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Postal address: Somerset Record Office
Brunel Way
Langford Mead
Town: Taunton
County: Somerset
Post code: TA2 6SF
Telephone: 01823 278805
Web address: http://www.somerset.gov.uk/archives/

314 documents found for Somerset Record Office:

Code Description Date Keywords
1720 DD/TP 9/2 vouchers for repair of sea wall, Huntspill, 1792-1837 1792 - 1837
A/AJX 1/2/1.

typed transcript of diary of Henry Whitworth, sometime of Hull. 1836-7. including his voyage as a surgeon aboard a Hull whaler

1836 - 1837 whaling
A\ABN/3/2/

Agreement with the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal Navigation for shares in a ship called the 'Chard'. 28 July 1845

1845  
A\ABN/3/3

Assignment of the ship 'Chard' by the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal Navigation 31 July 1845

1845  
A\AGK/a

Records of Eastment family of Drayton, including wages paid to officers and seamen on ships at Woolwich, 1661

1661   wages
A\AGK/b papers of Surgeon Commander Eastment, 1897-1950 1897 - 1950
A\AGK/c

papers concerning Admiral H Burley Grant, 1908-1909

1908 - 1909
A\AIX/1

Certificate of registration of ownership of the ship 'Ophelia and Ann' of Bridgwater1850

1850   shipowning
A\AOV/93 typescript description of 'a voyage to India in the East India Company's ship 'Thetis' in 1794' 1794   East India Company
A\AOV/94

letters, etc., of Henry N Shore (5th baron Teignmouth) 'about Lapwing Shipwreck', 1876-7; copy letter by Lieutenant Commander Lionel Shore describing the Battle of the Falklands, 1914.

1876 - 1914 naval warfare, Great War, First World War
A\AXB/8

Account of the Portreeve of Watchet for imports of coal and culm, 1755-6. Includes names of ships and ports of departure

1755 - 1756
A\AZV/3/2

Record of ships using the gridiron for repairs etc. Gives details of the name of the ship and the master or agent 1896-1913

1896 - 1913
A\CEN

Records of the Watchet Hobblers Association Hobblers were unlicensed pilots who used small rowing or sailing boats to steer and pull vessels into harbours. This collection comprises minute books, financial records, correspondence and other miscellaneous papers of the association. The records were kept by the secretaries of the association which included W L Allen and W Webber [Willie (Danny) Webber] of Watchet

 
D/B/bw

see catalogue, Bridgwater water bailiffs' accounts, 1427 -1720

1427 - 1720
D/B/bw 142/1692 letter from Arthur Lisle to Bridgwater corporation concerning his appointment to visit all the jurisdiction of the Admiralty in order to discover all exempt places and that he has appointed his servant Wodhall to act for him, n.d.  
D/B/bw 1525

complaint by the lessees of quay duties, portage and cranage of refusal of Joseph Tibbs and John Mills to pay duties, 1716-17

1716 - 1717
D/B/bw 1917

coroners inquisitions, including drownings, eighteenth century

1700 - 1800 danger at sea, deaths at sea
D/B/bw 1940 quitclaim by John Langley of Bristol, fishmonger, to mayor regarding ten barrels of white herrings, 1569 1569   fishing
D/B/bw 1943 receipt of 64 pieces of cloth taken into custody by Mayor of Bridgwater following their arrest by the Commissioners of Admiralty at suit of Charles Delesthise and his merchant company at Antwerp, 1559 1559  
D/B/bw 1981 evidence of damage to goods carried on named ships. 1741-5 1741 - 1745
D/B/bw 2040 evidence regarding loss of salt due to ship sinking, 1750 1750  
D/B/bw 2112

files of customs officers' oaths of duty, 46 docs, 1736-70

1736 - 1770
D/B/bw 2130 evidence by Masters of Comfort & Nightingale, regarding loss of salt cargo in storm, 1739 1739  
D/B/bw 2373

bundle of papers including fish market tolls, n.d.

  fishing
D/B/bw 31/12/15 compensation claims following collision of Mercator (Russian barquentine) with Highbridge wharf; evidence and photographs, including Borita, Bridgwater tug, 1903-04 1903 - 1904
D/B/bw 31/12/5

papers regarding pier and tidal harbour at Burnham, 1855, 1960

1855 - 1960
D/B/bw 78, S12 inquisition post mortem of John Burland of Callington, 1604 which includes land 'next to the sea shore' of which a messuage and 10 acres have been destroyed by the 'strength and current of the sea called Severn' 1604  
D/B/hw 31/8/2 shipping protest register, 1863-70 1863 - 1870
D/B/WSM 5/1 specification and estimate for work on sea wall, Weston Super Mare, 1846 1846  
D/DC/WSom 4/1/1

report on harbour and repairs to East Pier, 1981

1981  
D/P/bec 23/10

Letter to George Rossiter from son Daniel with receipts for money due on account of Daniel's enrolment in Navy, 1795-9

1795 - 1799
D/PC/hWl.W 2/2 correspondence with plans, on sea defences at West Huntspill, 1982 1982  
D/RA 1/2/124

sea wall workers, Kenn & Kingston Seymour, 1708, 1817 - also D/P/Kenn 4/1/2, D/P/k.sey 2/1/1 and DD/X/BUE 1,2 for 1672-1770

1672 - 1817
D/RA 1/2/128

reports and plans on Portishead sea wall, 1872, 1875

1872 - 1875
D/RA 1/2/59

views of sea wall works in Sand Bay, Somerset, 1876-1908

1876 - 1908
D/RA 1/2/61

schedules of sea wall work, Clevedon, 1894

1894  
D/RA 1/2/69

sea work at Wordspinny level, c.1925

1925  
D/RA 1/419

Huntspill sea wall jury lists, 1854, 1871

1854 - 1871
D/RA 1/5/11 Huntspill sessions orders including building of new wall, legal papers, 1799, 1800 1799 - 1800
D/RA 1/5n

Repair of sea wall at Heaterclose, Huntspill, 1684

1684   maritime maintenance
D/RA 112/129

copies and agreement for work on sea wall at Portishead with plan, 1908

1908  
D/RA 2/4/34 correspondence on sea defences, Huntspill 1906, Steart 1901-32, Burnham with plans 1909-11, 1921-30 1906 - 1932
D/RA 2/9/49 papers regarding liability to repair Huntspill sea wall including plan of wall works, 1884-5 1884 - 1885
D/RA 7/4/4

report of sea walls and river banks committee, 1885, 1888

1885 - 1888
D/RA 9/24 plan of Stert fisheries, 1777 1777   fishing
D/RA l/2n5 accounts of sea wall works, Nailsea, Yatton & north Weston levels, Somerset, c.1921 1921  
D/RA l/2nl appointment of sea wall work, 1909-10 1909 - 1910
D/U/cl9/3, 5-6 C1evedon pier company's annual reports, 1880, 1887; agreement for purchase of pier, 1891; letter regarding damage to pier, 1900 1880 - 1900
D/u/wa 38/8 correspondence & minutes of Trinity House sub-commissioners of pilotage, Watchet, 1937-88 1937 - 1988
DD/AH 52/3

Ships' logs, Dasher, Dedaigneuse, Doris, Bucephalus, Hesper, Cornelia, Phaeton and Hussar, serving in Indian or East Indian waters, 1809-12

1809 - 1812
DD/AH 52/4 Sir Samuel Hood's letter book initially in HMS Centaur then in HMS Barfleur, 1806-09, with copy of letter from Downing Street regarding French and American expedition against New South Wales, 1813 1806 - 1813
DD/AH 52/5 Reports of surveys of clothes, bedding, provisions, general stores and medicines, with report on hospital ship Wilhelmina, 1812, generally made in response to orders issued by Vice-Admiral Sir Samuel Hood, as Commander in Chief in the East Indies, 1812 1812   victuals
DD/AH 52/6

Miscellaneous reports and returns on state of ships including notebook with suggestions for improvements and economics in matters of supply 1812-13

1812 - 1813
DD/AH box 6012 assignment of shares for repairing sea wall at Huntspill amongst leaseholders with small sketch & reference to boundstones, 1787-8 1787 - 1788
DD/AH Box 61 Various papers regarding naval career of Sir Samuel Hood, including correspondence, reports etc, 1791-1857 1791 - 1857
DD/AH Box45/12 mortgages by Watchet harbour commissioners to Sir Alexander Acland Hood, 1861 1861  
DD/AH Bx63/11 letters concerning provision of lifeboat for Burnham and Bridgwater with printed account of rescue operation which prompted it, 1836 1836   maritime safety
DD/B/bw /1524

1644 & 1645, water bailiff's accounts, includes names of ships, 1716-20

1644 - 1720
DD/BD 103

share certificates in Parrett Navigation, 1837

1837  
DD/BD 72 two letters written from Oporto by a mariner, son of John Overbeck of Sidmouth, Devon, 1732 1732  
DD/BK 3(17)

lease of fishing stalls at Bambeck, Weston Super Mare, 1740

1740   fishing
DD/BLM 5 deeds of partnership & dissolution of Francis Carver & sons, Bridgwater, shipbuilders and shipwrights, 1892, 1895 1892 - 1895
DD/BO 26

Admission to tenement held of Bargheys Manor, Berrow, services include 'sea wall workers', 1605

1605  
DD/BR/bea 5

paper regarding use of Bridgwater ships, 1768

1768  
DD/BR/bf.2

shares in The Batchelor's Delight of Kirkcaldy, 1747

1747  
DD/BR/bn, 11 & 12 Porlock Harbour, note of harbour work, 1821-4; 13, harbour, fishing boat and market dues and accounts, 1826-46; 19, harbour account, 1854-5; 29, Porlock weir, agreement and plans, 1825-1911 1821 - 1911
DD/BR/bo 3 deeds of dry dock, boathouse and timberyard opposite Star?, Pill, 1821, 1840 1821 - 1840
DD/BR/cly, 1/10

extract from House of Commons Journal regarding Hunter, Katherine, 1679

1679  
DD/BR/dy 1/6 reference, tax for maintenance of Huntspill sea wall, 1646 1646   English Civil War defences
DD/BR/ely 2

correspondence to Sir Charles Pymm, London, regarding plantation and trade with Bermuda, 1666-70

1666 - 1670 colonial
DD/BR/PC 1

postcard of Watchet harbour, Co 1905

1905  
DD/BR/u5

list of those liable for repair of sea wall, Clevedon, 1700-10

1700 - 1710
DD/BWD

Daily Record Books for Bridgwater Docks, 1905-24

1905 - 1924
DD/CC/II0490

elevation drawing of lighthouse at Burnham, 1800

1800  
DD/CCH box 29

Watchet harbour trust correspondence, reports & draft minutes, co1858-77

1858 - 1877
DD/CCH Box 50/2 C/2825

plans for the development of Watchet harbour, 1856

1856  
DD/CCHg 3OC/2931

Watchet harbour accounts, 1876

1876  
DD/CN 123

reference to making and repair of sea wall, Clevedon, 1700

1700  
DD/CPL 30 Autobiographical and biographical memoranda of Admiral Sir Richard Goodwin Keats, c.1822-38, including exploits of 1801, winter in the Baltic, 1808-09, rough draft of operations at Quiberon Bay with French plan, 1795; Journal of HMS Superb, April - September 1801 1795 - 1838 naval warfare
DD/CPL 31.

Seventeen letters from Vice Admiral Sir James Saumarez to Admiral Richard Goodwin Keats, 1808

1808  
DD/CPL 32-6. L

letters from Admiral Keats to Duke of Clarence and replies, 1789-1828

1789 - 1828
DD/CPL 37-40

Papers of Admiral Keats as Governor of Greenwich Hospital, 1822-32

1822 - 1832
DD/CPL 41-7 Miscellaneous papers of Admiral Keats with references to Cadiz, Toulon. Boulogne, and French signals, 1785-1836 1785 - 1836
DD/CPL 68 list of flag officers, 1791 1791  
DD/DK 16.

diary of doctor practicing in New Zealand and journey via Hawaii, San Francisco and New York to England, 1872

1872  
DD/DK 2

account and vouchers regarding upkeep of Huntspill sea wall, 1745-67

1745 - 1767
DD/DK I deed of Alston Maris, Huntspill with reference to right in dry earth for repair of sea wall, 1667 1667  
DD/DN

Accounts of the Dickinson family, merchants originally of Bristol and sometimes of Kingweston, Somerset, sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. Including trade with Africa, Amsterdam, St Petersburg, Carolina, Virginia and Calcutta; the sugar and slave trade to the West Indies, including accounts of Barton Isles plantation, Jamaica; Newcastle coal trade, 1745; shipping accounts for trade between Bristol and Newcastle, 1729-46

1500 - 1900 slavery, sugar
DD/DN 114 printed dimensions and names of ships in the port of Liverpool employed in the African slave trade with details of provisions, mortality rate, etc., 1788 1788  
DD/DN 149

bill of complaint of Abel Fonnereau of London, merchant, case and answer on behalf of Graffin Pranckard. concerning insurance claimed upon the Baltick Merchant, taken by a Spanish privateer while on a voyage from Carolina to Cowes, and answers of John Galton and Caleb Dickinson, 1740-1 (9 docs)

1740 - 1741 litigation
DD/DN 189 agreement for purchase of moiety of Flat Holme lighthouse, 1753; agreement for improvement and control of light, 1819 1753 - 1819
DD/DN 189,214,406,408-10,412,218,220 and 243 accounts of Flat Holm lighthouse, 1744-53, 1755-6, 1756-70, 1760, 1763, 1783 1744 - 1783
DD/DN 196-231

references to Flat Holme lighthouse, 1744-86

1744 - 1786
DD/DN 197

papers of Caleb Dickinson, includes sugar trade from Jamaica, 1737

 
DD/DN 201 papers of Caleb Dickinson, Bristol merchant, including general trade as well as the insurance of the Greyhound for carrying negroes to America from Africa, 27 August 1744 1744  
DD/DN 211 letters from Admiral Thomas Smith to Caleb Dickinson, merchant of Somerset and Bristol, 1755 1755  
DD/DN 236

letters concerning, 1776-7

1776 - 1777
DD/DN 405

proprietorship of Flat Holm lighthouse, c.1743

1743  
DD/DN 405-16 accounts of Caleb Dickinson, merchant, including references to shares and trading ventures, 1737-83 1737 - 1783
DD/DN 423

ship carrying cargo of fish from Newfoundland to Spanish and Italian ports, 1715

1715   fishing
DD/DN 423-64

letter book, correspondence, accounts of Austin Prankard of Bristol, c.1712-57

1712 - 1757
DD/DN 424-9

import of corn, deals, hemp, flax from Baltic. c.I728-56

1728 - 1756
DD/DN 424-9 Merchant's letter books. details of extensive trade as well as instances of crews being pursued for naval service, 1730-4 1730 - 1734
DD/DN 424-9  references to building of a ship with some mention of prices and dimensions, 1729-32 1729 - 1732 shipbuilding
DD/DN 428

letters regarding coal carried between Newcastle and London and Stockholm, 1745

1745   coal, fuel
DD/DN 441 ships' trading accounts. including expenses in fitting out ships as well as accounts forvoyages, I729-46 1729 - 1746
DD/DN 441

trade with Baltic, c.l729-46

1729 - 1746
DD/DN 441

books of trade voyages between Bristol and Newcastle, 1729-46

1729 - 1746
DD/DN 461-3

journals and ledgers of trade of William Alloway, jun., c.l683-1704

1683 - 1704
DD/DN 504

Printed pamphlets offering bounties for discovering concealed seamen, 1750

1750  
DD/DN 513 paper back volume includes number of negroes imported and exported, 1702-52 1702 - 1752
DD/DN 524

Plan of section and rigging of first rate with descriptive key, ?temp. Trafalgar

 
DD/DN. 423-521.

Correspondence and accounts of the Alloway. Prankard and Fuller families relating to trade from Minehead, Bridgwater and Bristol to Ireland, St Petersburg, America, Newfoundland, the West Indies and the Baltic, 1683-1746. Including some shipbuilding, sugar and rum trade. supplying ordnance to the King of Sardinia, 1750s, accounts of the Barton, Barton Isles. Appleton and Pepper plantations in Jamaica and traffic with slaves from the Gold Coast, eighteenth and nineteenth century, travel diaries through India and Mid-East, 1836-8.

1683 - 1838 plantations, slavery, diaries
DD/DP 8/17

judgement of court martial for mutiny on HMS Raisonable, 1783

1783   rebellion, protest
DD/DP 8/17

Papers of Captain Richard Callcott including accounts regarding prize money 1779-95, commissions as Captain of the Albatross, 1781

1779 - 1795
DD/DP 8/21

Detailed account of mutiny at Sheerness, 1797, from Mr Beadon to sister

DD/X/chu 2, list of deserters from Somerset, Dorset and Bristol, desertion reported at Sydney, Australia, 1852-1900
1852 - 1900
DD/DP 9/14

case for non-repair of sea wall and bridge at Uphill, c.1785

1785  
DD/DR U 108 letter describing shipwreck of Warren Hastings off Reunion Island, 1897 1897  
DD/DRU 119

pocket books of Earl of Carnarvon with notes on Navy accounts, 1782-3

1782 - 1783
DD/DV 31 letter book of George Prior, maker and exporter of clocks and watches, to Smyrna, Constantinople, wine and sherry from Spain. 1784-9 1784 - 1789
DD/FA 1-9

Transcripts of Bridgwater registers 1786-1939

1786 - 1939
DD/FA 12

Ship repair book of F J Carver and Sons, Bridgwater, 1910-40

1910 - 1940
DD/FA/10

Transcript of Minehead 1787-1834

1787 - 1834
DD/FA/11/1

Volume of notes on Somerset Maritime History by Graham Farr

16th century ship list; 18th century statistics; vessels built in Somerset; Alphabetical list of vessels registered at Bridgwater and Minehead; chronological indexes to Bridgwater and Minehead Ship Registers books; Alphabetical lists of masters and owners of vessels.

1500 - 1800 shipbuilding, shipowners
DD/FA/2

Sully & Co Bridgewater, fleet list and notes by Graham Farr

 
DD/FD 16

boundary lines of Bridgwater Bay fishery, 1776

1776   fishing
DD/FD 17

copy petitions for & against Perrett Navigation Bill, 1835-40

1835 - 1840
DD/FS Bx 48 Huntspill, copy case and order of Commissioners for Sewers, 1799, & correspondence, 1807-12 1799 - 1812
DD/FS Bx 49 correspondence, repair of Huntspill sea wall after' recent gales and high tides', 1883-4 1883 - 1884
DD/FS Bx 56 correspondence, Huntspill sea wall, c.1800-05 1800 - 1805
DD/GND, 1/1/11

Taunton, account for goods carried by boat, 1832-74

1832 - 1874
DD/GS 4 (169) letter from Duke of Buckingham refusing to pay cost of repair of sea wall at Huntspill, 1811 1811  
DD/GS 4(125)

Chinese shipping notes, 1873

1873  
DD/GS 4(184) notice of pressing of James Middleham of Wells, 1706 1706  
DD/HC, Box 138

Detailed account and inventory of David Williams of Bridgwater, shipbuilder and bankrupt, 1786

1786  
DD/HI/460

List of the Fleet that sailed from Plymouth to Cadiz, 1596

1596   Cadiz expedition, Anglo-Spanish warfare
DD/HWN 13

photographs of Watchet harbour, co1863-early twentieth century

1863 - 1900
DD/HWN 13 S/940

photograph, Watchet harbour, 1863

1863  
DD/HY/8/3/1

Correspondence of William Jolliffe of Petersfield, Hampshire, certificate of discharge of William John Jolliffe from the naval ship Flora, 1787

1787  
DD/L

map of Minehead, 1701, showing planned improvements to the pier

1701  
DD/L

map of Minehead, 1687, with details of vessels

1687  
DD/L map of Dunster, 1687, with decorative fishing boats and ships before a large city [?London] 1687  
DD/L 1 58/15(box 109)

Minehead Harbour map, 1701

1701  
DD/L 1/55/1

list of ships and barks belonging to Minehead, temp. Eliz; letter regarding new quay, 1609; docket of quay duties, early seventeenth century

1609   shipowning
DD/L 1/55/2

appointments of collectors and trustees, 1704-78; agreement to build new quay, 1704

1704 - 1778
DD/L 1/55/290/1-5 sea defences, 1817-1913 including plan of Carhampton, 1840 1817 - 1913
DD/L 1/55/3

correspondence regarding harbour, 1821-2

1821 - 1822
DD/L 1/55/4

Acts of Parliament regarding harbour, 1700-1823 /5 coast bonds and papers, 1756-73

1700 - 1825
DD/L 1/55/58/13-17

schedules of tolls, 1673, 1741, indenture, 1779; dockets, vouchers and misc. papers, n.d.; surveys, particulars and map, 1701; masons' and labourer's accounts, c.1780-1805; misc. accounts, 1666-1793

1666 - 1805
DD/L 1/55/la

mortgages, 1706, 1770

1706 - 1770
DD/L 1/56-8/6-12,16 (boxes 107-9) & 57/9-12 Minehead harbour accounts, 1701-1865 1701 - 1865
DD/L 176/bundle 86.

 Dartmouth ship accounts, 1814-15

1814 - 1815
DD/L 180/bundle 115 & 122 Dartmouth ship accounts, early nineteenth century 1800  
DD/L 2/182/195

three accounts concerning the relief of 'decayed' seamen, Dartmouth, c.1755-71

1755 - 1771
DD/L 2/misc/1 0 (box 154) Proclamation of Queen Anne for enrolling seamen, 1705; commission to Charles Stuckley to be Lieut. on Britannia, 1702; commission to Thomas Trenttele, as comet, 1644 1644 - 1705
DD/L 219/110 (box128)

order concerning Watchet harbour, 1665

1665  
DD/L 2I

Dartmouth shipping accounts

 
DD/L Box 295/2

inspection returns for Minehead lighthouse, 1929-50

1929 - 1950
DD/L box 295/8-9

correspondence, notices to lord of manor etc concerning wrecks off Watchet and Minehead, 1868-1912

1868 - 1912 maritime damage
DD/L box288/5 construction and specification for erection of pier at Minehead, & coastguard station, 1870, 1874 1870 - 1874
DD/L Boxes 293/1-295n Minehead Harbour, accounts "inward" and "outward", ships registers, day book, 19th and 20th centuries 1800 - 2000
DD/L bx293/14

order for construction of promenade pier, 1895, Minehead

1895  
DD/L P 30/105

Minehead quay accounts, 1648

1648  
DD/L P29/41

note of weir duties to support repair of Minehead quay, 1594-5

1594 - 1595
DD/L V 10 viii

agreement on legality of pressing mariners, 1743

1743   impressment, recruitment
DD/L/Box 296/1

cash book receipts for transport of coal, salt, stones, etc by ship, 1868-72 (l volume)

1868 - 1872
DD/L182/189 ship vouchers, early nineteenth century 1800  
DD/L2 46/2A

facsimile commission of Lieut. Colonel of monies, 1701-2

1701 - 1702
DD/MDL/box 12 papers of Rear Admiral Sir Melvyn Medlycott 1852-81, including journals kept on visit to the Cook Islands, 1880-1 1852 - 1881
DD/OB 101 copy report and estimate for repairing sea wall at Portbury', 1810 1810  
DD/OB 105

Sale of shares in Mary of Barnstaple, Bristol, 1804-6

1804 - 1806
DD/PH 212/24 copy consideration of prospects of navigation to the East around America, c.1612, possibly written by Sir Dudley Diggs 1612  
DD/PH 236 Bill of Sale for Amethyst of Southampton, 1845 1845  
DD/S/WH8

conveyance of 6 buts for fishing in Stogursey, 1623

1623   fishing
DD/S1FR1I13 C/2104

photographs, c.1863 - early 20th century; day book, 1940-5

1863 - 1945
DD/SAS c/1455 Copy correspondence to and from Captain William Hill of HMS Towey at Bombay and in Persian Gulf, 1816-19, with a table of 'Company's Cruizers' (five vessels mentioned by name with details of sailings) 1816 - 1819
DD/SAS C/2492.

journal of J C Evered, home ports. Baltic. Black Sea and Mediterranean, 1848-54

1848 - 1854
DD/SAS C/909/144 advertisements of passages to the Cape of Good Hope from Southampton and Plymouth, 1845-6; New York and Quebec from Plymouth, 1851; Australia, 1852; New South Wales and Eastern Australia, n.d 1845 - 1852
DD/SAS FA 151 order for removal of embargo on vessels bound for Virginia and Maryland, 1705 1705   colonial
DD/SAS HV 36

Rate for raising money for H.M. service for shipping, 1639

1639  
DD/SAS S/2560/2

reference book to Watchet Harbour plan, 1856 Weston-Super-Mare

1856  
DD/SAS S/2560/3

detailed plan of elevation and section of pier at Watchet Harbour, c.1855

1855  
DD/SAS S/418 1-3

Ship Logbooks kept by J.G.C. Evered of Bridgwater, of HMS Victory, Raleigh and Vernon 1846-8, Superb 1851-2, Queen 1855-6

1846 - 1856
DD/SAS SE 113 Huntspill sea wall, letter regarding propriety of new tax for purpose of repair, 1800-1 1800 - 1801
DD/SAS SE 24

Huntspill sea wall, draft brief for defendant and depositions regarding liability for maintenance, early nineteenth century

1800  
DD/SAS SX 68 grant of request to set up establishment in Rumbery, Austria to purchase wool and linen for export, 1753 1753  
DD/sbl

illustrations of Italian ports, gouache, early nineteenth century

1800  
DD/SBT 3

declaration of loss of the Hindostan, 1854

1854  
DD/SF 105, 107

pamphlets relating to navigation of King's Lynn, Norfolk, 1696-8

1696 - 1698
DD/SF 1678 ii notes regarding the pressing of seamen, convoys, etc n.d. [post 1692]. 1692  
DD/SF 1678(31)

examples of wool going out of the county in French vessels, 1692

1692   wool trade
DD/SF 1960

note concerning information to collector of Excise against John Chorley of Preston Bowyer, eighteenth century

1700 - 1800 taxation
DD/SF 2618 notes on excise, late 17th century' 1650 - 1700
DD/SF 2769 Notes concerning registration of shipping, endorsed 'Dr of Instructions for the Western ports' ,late seventeenth century 1650 - 1700
DD/SF 2784

Examination of sailor who deserted from the hospital at Plymouth, 1747-8

1747 - 1748
DD/SF 2816 memorandum concerning London tidesmen and watermen in port of London, n.d  
DD/SF 2936

note concerning Negro trade in Africa, n.d. with note of two trading ships, 1700

1700  
DD/SF 3163

Petition to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty concerning charges made against petitioner while stationed in British Columbia, 1870

1870  
DD/SF 4043 'the case of the citizens of Exeter against being taxed for making the river navigable', 1699 1699   protest
DD/SF 4108

merchant's ledger containing details of trade with Hamburg, Cadiz, London. 1655-72

1655 - 1672
DD/SF 4237

Account book of William Sanford, factor originally of Somerset, based in Hamburg, 1659-1740

1659 - 1740
DD/SF 4327 navigational tables, n.d., post 1809 1809  
DD/SF 4514

Copies of letters regarding naval manoeuvres against the French, 1747

1747   strategy, tactics
DD/SF 4567 Accounts of J A Sanford, an officer on HMS Dauntless, with notebook of crew's names and stations, 1846-c.50 1846 - 1850
DD/SF 805

judgement on information of officer by HM Duties of Excise, 1731

1731  
DD/SF 816

hearing upon information relating to excise at Goare, 1729

1729  
DD/SLM

Chart of position of fleet at Spithead, 26 June 1897

1897  
DD/SP

inventories of men described as mariner (17) or sailor (1),1664-1730

1664 - 1730
DD/SVL

Drawings made on a voyage by James Somerville onboard HMS Surprize to the coast of Guinea, includes islands, forts and various types of Ships, 1749

1749   exploration
DD/SX 78/10

will of Lt. James Ross of HMS Doris and Valiant, 1801

1801  
DD/SX 8/5

account of payments by tenants for repair of sea wall, South Brent, 1721

1721  
DD/SX, 913(b)

Sketch map of river and landing berths, Bridgwater, c.1730 71, Agreements between owners and crew, Bristol, 1771-62

1730 - 1771
DD/TB 63/2/1

Navy Office, Controllers Counter ledger book, 1631

1631  
DD/TB. box 53. 7c/1534

part of logbook of the Blessing in the East Indies, 1702 & journal of the voyage of the Bombay Merchant in India and to the East Indies, including Japan. 1698-1701, with some illustrations of islands, with misc. enclosures, c.I690-1740

1690 - 1740
DD/TB/box 16/0Bll

letters and papers relating to William May, supervisor of excise, in regards to smuggling of soap, candles and starch from Ireland into Minehead, 1759

1759   bootlegs
DD/TB/box 56/6 trade accounts, East Indies. India, 1708-18 1708 - 1718
DD/TBR 18/2.

journal of sea voyage from Portsmouth - Cape - Calcutta, 1848

1848  
DD/TD, Box 59,1-2 correspondence mainly with London agents of the Tudway family relating to the Parham estate in Antigua, 1758-1818, including shipping of goods, receipts of cargoes, deaths of slaves 1758 - 1818 slavery
DD/Tor 10

reference to one hogshead of iron for maintenance of Lyme Regis cobb, 1561

1561  
DD/TOR 19 financial arrangements of the voyage of the Dyamond of Lyme Regis to Newfoundland, 1607 1607   fishing
DD/TOR 306 names of vessels bringing lime-stone to London from Lyme Regis. 1824-8 1824 - 1828
DD/TOR 313

accounts of Mary of Lyme Regis, voyages to Guernsey, London. Newcastle, 1735

D/B/bw 1861, Bills of information. 1717-69, including reference to Mercury from Gallipoli and Leghorn, 1737
1717 - 1861
DD/TOR 341 acknowledgements by masters to having received their vessels after service at sea, Portsmouth, 1672-3 1672 - 1673
DD/UK 28

Passenger list of Cultivator, Liverpool to New York, 1858

1858  
DD/WHh 1089 [stored as DD/x/LWE 1 c/3208] letters of Helyar family relating to estates in Jamaica, 17th-18th centuries 1600 - 1800
DD/WHh c/787

map of Charles town, South Carolina, showing 'the disposition of his Majesty's troops March, 1730' with names of Navy vessels in harbour

1730  
DD/WO 3612 beaching charges for vessels, bathing machines, horses & donkeys, Seaton, Devon, 1867 1867  
DD/WO 43/3 depositions concerning upkeep of port of Minehead, 1604 1604  
DD/WO 49/3

'Charge of the watche at Clyve hill', 2 Philip and Mary, [beacons]

 
DD/WO 53/1

letter with reference to landing stone at Seaton quay, late sixteenth century

1500 - 1600
DD/WO 53/4

letter concerning release of servant pressed for service at Plymouth, 1643

1643   English Civil War, impressment
DD/WO 53/5/22

letter regarding Flemish treasure ship at Dartmouth, 1609

1609  
DD/WO 53n petition on behalf of Payhembury resident pressed for service, mid-seventeenth century 1650  
DD/WO 57 /4

letter regarding wreck of ship carrying oil off Perranuthnoe, c.1589-1604

1589 - 1604 oilspill
DD/WY lease of coastguard station, Watchet, and poster, 1906 1906  
DD/WY 145

correspondence regarding damage by sea at Brean farm, 1884-5

1884 - 1885
DD/WY 149

licence to fish at Watchet, 1829

1829   fishing
DD/WY 166 Papers and accounts regarding work by John Allin on rebuilding Watchet sea wall, c.1839-49 1839 - 1849
DD/WY 170

Additional regulations for His Majesty's service at sea, 1813

1813   naval guidelines
DD/WY 170 Friends of Watchet, sale poster of sloop, 1838 1838  
DD/WY box 40

Watchet Harbour quay duties account books, 1708-1808, 1827-58

1708 - 1858
DD/WY, Box 41

Accounts of repairs to ships at Watchet, 1721-55

1721 - 1755
DD/WY, Boxes 40-3

Watchet Harbour accounts, including plans, wage accounts, repair accounts and litigation papers, c.1650-late nineteenth century

1650 - 1900
DD/WY/185

Notes by John Wyndham of Norrington on misbehaviour of soldiers and pressgangs, 1687

1687   recruitment, impressment
DD/WY/bx 43

Watchet Harbour accounts of imports and exports 1847-9, arrivals and sailings, 1847-8, lists of registered ship owners, 186172

1847 - 1849
DD/WYP, Box 4

Watchet Harbour accounts, including Acts, eighteenth century, maintenance accounts, early eighteenth century, 1772-1808

1700 - 1808
DD/X/AUS 40

abstracts of seven deeds regarding Weston Super Mare fishery, seventeenth century onwards

1600 - 2000 fishing
DD/X/BUE 1,2

survey of sea wall work, Kingston Seymour and reassessment, 1690, 1770

1690 - 1770
DD/X/CMB,7

panoramic view of Weston Super Mare, lithograph, by R. Carrick, published by J. Whereat, n.d. [early nineteenth century, showing bathing machines

1800   seaside recreation
DD/X/DEW 3 photographs of Bridgwater Docks showing ships berthed, c.l900 1900  
DD/X/DEW I

Bridgwater Harbour dues account book, 1908-29

1908 - 1929
DD/X/DEW2

Dunball Harbour, part of berthing and consignment register, 1882-3

1882 - 1883
DD/X/ERA 4-9

papers regarding suppression and naval action, 1842-9

1842 - 1849
DD/X/ET 4 account of fishery at Watchet, 1719 1719   fishing
DD/X/GRA 1-9

letters, papers and logbooks of Commander George Kenyon including the suppression of the slave trade, 1824-49

1824 - 1849 anti-slavery
DD/X/HUR 3

Corsair, Puriton, sale poster of smack, 1832

1832  
DD/X/HYN I

account book of George Hayman for goods (mainly cloth) between Minehead, Youghal, Ireland. 1685-7

1685 - 1687
DD/X/K1 2 account books of Captain Bruford of Sussanna & Captain Rawle of the Orestes for trips between Minehead, Porlock. Cardiff, Swansea, Sharpness and Gloucester, 1907-9 1907 - 1909
DD/X/KLT l

letter regarding estimate for dock, 1728

1728  
DD/X/KMRI Papers and photographs of building by a Highbridge man of a replica of a Viking ship for the National Maritime Museum, c.l973 1973  
DD/X/L TR I photograph of map of part of Somerset coast, with detail of vessels in Bristol channel, 1687 1687  
DD/X/LGN 1 Dunball Harbour, tonnage of vessels discharging, 1904-21 1904 - 1921
DD/X/LGN 2

Register, Bridgwater District pilots, 1868-1948

1868 - 1948
DD/X/LGN, 3-5

Records, tides, navigation, 1901-45

1901 - 1945
DD/X/LGN, 6,7 Orders, bye-laws of ?Bridgwater area, 1917-38 1917 - 1938
DD/X/LYN

Dunball Harbour, note on tonnage of vessels discharging, 1882-3

1882 - 1883
DD/X/ME 5 c/665

case relating to collection of quay duties, 1774

1774  
DD/X/PG 1 letter book of William Sealy, Bridgwater merchant, with trade to West lndies, the continent, 1701-3 1701 - 1703
DD/X/PG 1 Bridgwater merchant's letter book, some ships named and details of goods imported. 1701-03 1701 - 1703
DD/X/PG2

Bridgwater rate book, with some names of ships, 1836

1836  
DD/X/PSEl. c/3327 Watchet harbour day book, regarding shipping, docking charges, 1944-5 1944 - 1945
DD/X/RY6 C/1968

lease of land in Clevedon with work on sea wall specified, 1432

1432  
DD/X/ST 1 memorandum of repair work due by tenant of Colegrose tenement on sea wall, references to marker stones  
DD/X/UND 1 typescript of the Tudway papers, including names of ships involved in London sugar trade with Jamaica, c.1752-1807 1752 - 1807
DD/X/WDE 2 luggage tolls on named boats from Cardiff to Weston-Super-Mare, 1867 and from Steep or Flat Holme, 1868 1867 - 1868
DD/X/WI 36 letters of Edward Martindale, of Bristol, regarding trade with America, West Indies. etc., 1673, 1702 1673 - 1702
DD/X/WI 36 copies of letters of Edward Martindale of Bristol, merchant, 1693. 1792, including references to American trade, purchase of flyboat Adventure. the Virginian fleet, French war 1693 - 1792
DD/X/WI, 34

survey of manors in Stogursey, 1614, including depiction of ships on the Severn

1614  
DD/X/WUT

two photographs of Bridgwater docks, including ships, including Grace, c.1895

1895  
DD/XIHCKC/22

Mate's certificate, Edward Bellew Hancock, 1858

1858  
DD1L/293-5 Minehead harbour papers, 1865-1950, including harbour dues, 1865-1929; ship registers, 1864-1948 1864 - 1950
DDIHI 530 litigation papers regarding right to toll at Dodbrooke, Devon, & list of quay duties, 1754-7 1754 - 1757
DDIHI 541

proposal for bill to establish quay tolls at Dodbrooke, Devon, 1756

1756  
DDIL box 290/1-5 accounts, correspondence etc relating to sea defences at Minehead, Blue Anchor, Carhampton, c.1817-1913 1817 - 1913
DDIL/Boxes 288/5 & 290n

erection of coastguard station at Minehead, c.1868-80

1868 - 1880
DD\AH/21/16/1

Ship money assessment showing men and cash required from each hundred drawn up for Sir William Portman and probably taken by Sir Thomas Wroth as a basis for this. 1637

1637   Caroline Personal Rule finance
DD\AH/21/16/2

Letter to Sir Thomas Wroth from the Privy Council Concerning non-payment of ship money, 15 Mar 1639/40

1640   ship money protest
DD\AH/52/6/21

List of men in Captain Skene's band on HMS Minden including men from Milan who had been prisoners in Portchester Castle, Denmark and the Netherlands who had volunteered from prison ships, and a black American. Their bandmaster was Edward Khine of Brunswick and the captain had paid 152 guineas for music and instruments to form a band. The endorsement indicates they were to be removed from the ship. Enclosed list of seamen to be transferred from HMS Minden to HMS Illustrious with their position, also noted which were married and had children 10 April 1812

1812  
DD\AH/52/6/5

Sir Samuel Hood's suggestions for improvements and economy in the supply and victualling of ships early 19thc.

1800   naval upkeep, provisions
DD\AH/60/8/10

Letter from General Brodrick at Corunna to Sir Samuel Hood requesting the recall of horse ships returning to England 1st Jan 1809

1809  
DD\AH/61/3/1

Letter from Archibald Gloster in Trinidad to Samuel Hood in Barbados desiring him to request a ship to pick up his wife from St Vincent and bring her to Trinidad 12 June 1802

1802  
DD\FA /12

Ship Repairs book of F J Carver & Sons of Bridgwater; details of work carried out on vessels in dry dock, 1910-40

1910 - 1940 ship maintenance, upkeep
DD\HY/15/6/1

Verses in honour of Captain Peter Joliffe who retook a ketch near Poole, Dorset from French Privateers, 1769

1769   ballads, naval culture
DD\HY/16/1/2

1823-38 Statements of account and related papers of concerns of co-partnership of William John Joliffe and Sir Edmund Banks, including reports and prospectus of the General Steam Navigation Company, 1825; information about the steam vessel Enterprize, n.d. [c. 1825]; accounts for the crew of the George the Fourth steamships, 1828.

1823 - 1838
DD\HY/16/2/4

Merchants account book. Large bound volume of accounts of London Merchant engaged in trade with Russia, kept by a succession of clerks. It is mainly a record of amounts due, bank accounts and bills of exchange. Commodities include indigo, potash, soldiers cloth, linen, cotton wool from Smyrna, lead, iron, hemp, hides and caviar. Much merchandise was shipped from Hull to Petersburg. Includes personal accounts of the estate of Samuel Holden of Winchester Street , London and Roehampton. 1740-65   

1740 - 1765 Anglo-Russian trade
DD\RSH 8-9

Register of fishing boats Port of Bridgewater 1940-1993

1940 - 1993 fishing vessels
DD\RSH/ 1-7

Bridgwater Port Shipping Registers 1786-1906 Including Minehead

1786 - 1906
DIP/23/9 notes of costs for enrolling two men in Navy, 1797 1797  
DIRA 2/9/34 report on coastal erosion  
DIU/wa Watchet Urban District Council records includes Harbour Committee, 1931-74, Harbour Commissioners Minutes, 1857-1902, Monthly Harbour Trade Reports, 1867 -1966, Harbourmaster's Reports and Day Books, 1867-1969, Shipping Registers, 1861-99, trade and duties lists, nineteenth century, correspondence regarding Watchet Lifeboat, 1944-5 1857 - 1969 maritime safety
D\P\tau.m/23/2

Papers relating to the bankruptcy of David Williams of Bridgwater, shipwright 1783-86

1783 - 1786
D\U\wa/33/5/1

List of Watchet shipowners 1865-97

1865 - 1897
Q/C 11/5 Somerset county Quarter Sessions, orders of the Admiralty Commissioner to the Vice Admiral, regarding apprehension of 'straggling seamen and sailors', 1739, 1755-6 1739 - 1756
Q/RUA 24 printed annual statements of accounts, 1858-83, 1902-4 1858 - 1904
Q/RUO 24

copies of harbour act, 1857-60, 1902

1857 - 1902
T/PH/gc 10 proposals regarding changes to Porlock harbour, c.l700 1700   naval upkeep
T/PH/gc 11

agreement for erection of sea walls, 1714

1714  
T/PH/gc 14/1-2

rough plan of Porlock harbour improvements,I768

1768  
T/PH/gc 14/3

letter regarding storm damage to Porlock quay, 1770

1770  
T/PH/hit 1-6

diaries of Thomas Willy of Sea, Ilminster, ropemaker, 1856-9, 1863-89

1856 - 1889
T/PH/hmy c/2936, 3/3

record of disbursements for goods shipped aboard and discharged from the Friends for voyage from Combwich to Newport and its return, 1832

1832  
T/PH/hs, C/2122

photograph of Bernard Barton of Minehead, n.d.

 
T/PH/tem 2 two photocopies of letters from Robert Blake regarding the Lyon, 1649 & naval stores at Chatham, 1649 1649   Generals-at-Sea, English Civil War
T/PH/wil.l S/2026

articles regarding ships sailing Wales - Minehead, l5th-18th centuries (from National Library of Wales Journal, Vol. IX, 2,3 & 4)

1400 - 1800