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Customs and ExciseTrade, Production, and Consumption in England 1640-1845$
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William J. Ashworth

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259212.001.0001

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Life on the Waterfront

Life on the Waterfront

(p.133) Chapter Eight Life on the Waterfront
Customs and Excise


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This chapter focuses on how the Customs House along with the Excise Office, the Bank of England, and the Stock Exchange Building lay at the heart of the state's fiscal success. The London Custom House was designed by Christopher Wren and built of brick and stone. It had two stout Tuscan wings designed by Thomas Ripley, while large ionic columns supported its upper storey and overwhelmed its surroundings. Beneath each side was the belly, consisting of large warehouses for the reception of goods, and entrances that led through into the narrow, damp, malodorous streets on the north side. The whole edifice extended 189 feet along the riverfront.

Keywords:   taxation, Customs House, public buildings, Christopher Wren, Thomas Ripley

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