UK Data Service data catalogue record for:

Gloucester Port Books, 1575-1765

Title details

SN: 3218
Title: Gloucester Port Books, 1575-1765
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-3218-1
Depositor: Wanklyn, M.D.G., University of Wolverhampton. School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Principal investigator(s): Wanklyn, M.D.G., University of Wolverhampton. School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Wakelin, P., University of Wolverhampton. School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Hussey, D., University of Wolverhampton. School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Milne, G., University of Wolverhampton. School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: R000232218
Other acknowledgements: Barrie Trinder, Ironbridge Institute


The citation for this study is:

Wanklyn, M.D.G., Wakelin, P., Hussey, D., Milne, G. (1996). Gloucester Port Books, 1575-1765. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 3218,

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Subject Categories

Economic history - History
Economic systems and development - Economics
Local history - History
Transport history - History
Travel and transport


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The aims of this dataset are to compile a computer database of Gloucester Port Books to study internal trade in the Severn Valley region; to formulate a standard approach to the computerisation of port books; to undertake case studies in trade and industry using port book and other evidence.
Main Topics:
The Exchequor Port Books are a unique and invaluable source for studying coastal trade from the late 16th to the early 18th centuries. They record in detail the movement of boats which passed on coastal voyages between domestic ports and havens, naming operators and boats involved in the trade and describing the cargoes carried. The Gloucester Port Books database describes some 2 million discrete entities of information relating to the movement, organisation and operation of goods traded coastally. These data will facilitate research into a wide range of topics including the importance of waterborne trade with details of the range of goods carried in all economic sectors, the impact of river navigation on industry, and the role of river trade in early modern industrial development.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1575 - 1765
Dates of fieldwork: 1982 - 1989
Country: England
Geography: Gloucestershire
Spatial units: No information recorded
Observation units: Text units (documents/chapters/words)
Kind of data: Textual data
Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: Subnational
Ships' voyages
The data relates to trade in the Severn Valley and connections with ports elsewhere in England, Wales and Ireland.
Time dimensions: Time Series
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Method of data collection: Transcription of existing materials
Weighting: No information recorded
Data sources: Gloucester Port Books are held in manuscript form by the Public Record Office, Chancery Lane, in class E.190. These books record voyages on the River Severn, 1575-1765. Survival of documents is incomplete, but all surviving records were used. Lists of surviving books are contained in two volumes published by the List and Index Society.
A complete transcription was made with original spelling of surnames, and abbreviated or standard spelling of other names and items.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 06 March 1996
Copyright: Copyright University of Wolverhampton
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage.See terms and conditions of access for further information.

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Title File Name Size (KB)
Study documentation (portable document format) guide.pdf 1937
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_3218_Information.htm 17
READ File read3218.txt 2


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By principal investigator(s):
Cox, N., `Imagination and innovation of an industrial pioneer : the first Abraham Darby' Industrial Archaeology Review XII 1990.

  • Cox. N.C. and Wakelin, A.P., `Data derived from the Gloucester Coastal Port books 1695-1725' Industrial Archaeology Review XII 1990.
  • Hussey, D.P. and Wakelin, A.P., `The portbooks databases` IN K. Schurer (ed.) A guide to historical data files in machine readable form.
  • Wanklyn, M.D.G., ` Urban revival in early modern England : Bridgnorth and the river trade 1660-1800' Midlands History XVIII 1993.
  • Wanklyn, M.D.G., `Food riots in Bridgnorth in 1693' Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Natural History Society 70 1993.

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