Sources and bibliography

Books and articles


This bibliography contains all the works referred to on this site, together with some more general works which I used in the course of my research. They are listed under the following headings:

Historical background

Author Date Title, imprint, notes
[no author] 1721 The Acts of Parliament relating to the building fifty new churches in and about the cities of London and Westminster and for making provision for the ministers thereof, as also His Majesty's letters patent, appointing commissioners for the purposes aforesaid. -- London: Baskett, 1721.
Ashton (Thomas Southcliffe) and Sykes (Joseph) 1964 The coal industry of the eighteenth century. -- 2nd ed. -- Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1964.
Bawtree (Maurice) 1965-66 "Stockers House and the London coal tax posts", Rickmansworth historian, 10, 1965, 250-255 and 11, 1966, 278-283.
Bennett (Anthony Everest) and Borley (H V) 1963 London Transport railways. -- Dawlish: David & Charles, 1963.
Benson (James) 1976 A history of Gravesend; or, A historical perambulation of Gravesend and Northfleet. -- London: Phillimore, 1976.
Betts (J) 1951 London City and the people. -- [London]: The Corporation of London, 1951.
Birch (Walter de Gray) 1887 The Historical charters and constitutional documents of the City of London.. -- Revised ed. -- London: Whiting, 1887.
Borley (H V) 1982 Chronology of London railways. -- Oakham: Railway & Canal Historical Society, 1982. -- (and Supplement of additions and amendments, 1985).
Boyle (Lucinda) 2002 London: a cartographic history 1746-1950: 200 years of folding maps. -- Wycombe: Countrywide Editions, 2002.
Carlton (Charles) 1974 The court of orphans. -- Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1974.
[no author] 2009 Chronological table of the statutes. -- Norwich: Stationery Office, 2009.
Clark (R H) 1964 A Southern Region record. -- Lingfield: Oakwood, 1964.
Colvin (Howard) 1950 "Fifty new churches", Architectural review, 107, 1950, 189-96. -- reprinted in a revised version as the Introduction to The Queen Anne churches
Doolittle (I G) 1983 "The City of London's debt to its orphans 1694-1767", Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, 56, 1983, 46-59.
[no author] 1869 An epitome of the progress of the trade in coal to London since 1755. -- London: Scott, [1869].
Faulkner (Alan H) 1972 The Grand Junction Canal. -- Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1972.
Gibbon (Ioan Gwilyn) and Bell (Reginald W) 1939 History of the London County Council 1889-1939. -- London: Macmillan, 1939.
Gordon (Donald Ian) 1990 The eastern counties. -- 3rd ed. -- Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1990. -- (A regional history of the railways of Great Britain, volume 5).
Great Britain. Commission For Building Fifty New Churches 1986 Minute books, 1711-27: a calendar / edited by M.H. Port. -- [London]: London Record Society, 1986. -- (London Record Society publications, volume 23). -- Available online at: The Commissions for building fifty new churches - The minute books, 1711-27, a calendar
Great Britain. Commission For Building Fifty New Churches 1979 The Queen Anne churches: a catalogue of the papers in Lambeth Palace Library of the Commission for Building Fifty New Churches in London and Westminster, 1711-1759 / compiled by E.G.W. Bill. -- London: Mansell, 1979. -- Includes a revised version of Colvin as an introduction
Great Britain. Law Commission 1996 Chronological table of local legislation 1797-1994. -- London: HMSO, 1996. -- Updated version available online as: Chronological table of local Acts.
Great Britain. Law Commission 2008 Statute law repeals: eighteenth report: draft Statute Law (Repeals) Bill. -- London: Stationery Office, 2008. -- (Command paper, Cm 7303).
Hadfield (Charles) 1969 The Canals of South and South East England. -- Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1969.
Hadfield (Charles) 1970 The Canals of the East Midlands (including part of London). -- 2nd ed. -- Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1970.
Harley (J B) and Phillips (C W) 1964 The Historian's guide to Ordnance Survey maps. -- London: Standing Conference for Local History, 1964.
Howe (G W) 1965 "The old limit stones of the port", PLA monthly, 40, 1965, 282-287.
Hyde (Ralph) 1975 Printed maps of Victorian London 1851-1900. -- Folkestone: Dawson, 1975.
Kent (William) 1937 Encyclopaedia of London. -- London: Dent, 1937.
Leleux (Robin) 1984 The east midlands. -- 2nd rev. ed. -- Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1984. -- (A regional history of the railways of Great Britain, volume 9).
London County Council 1955 Centenary of London's main drainage 1855-1955. -- London: LCC, 1955.
Mitchell (Brian Redman) and Deane (Phyllis) 1962 Abstract of British historical statistics. -- Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1962.
Nail (Martin) 1972 The coal duties of the City of London and their boundary marks. -- London: the author, 1972.
Nef (John Ulric) 1932 The rise of the British coal industry. -- London: Routledge, 1932.
Porter (Dale H) 1998 The Thames Embankment: environment, technology, and society in Victorian London. -- Akron: University of Akron Press, 1998.
Reddaway (Thomas F) 1940 The rebuilding of London after the Great Fire. -- London: Cape, 1940.
Smith (Raymond) 1965 Sea-coal for London: history of the coal factors in the London market. -- London: Longmans, 1965.
[no author] 1896-97 Statutory Rules and Orders, other than those of a local, personal, or temporary character issued prior to 1890 and now in force. -- London: HMSO, [1896-97].
Webb (Sidney) and Webb (Beatrice) 1913 The story of the King's highway. -- London: Longman, 1920. -- (English local government, volume 5).
White (H P) 1987 Greater London. -- 3rd rev. ed. -- Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1987. -- (A regional history of the railways of Great Britain, volume 3).

Contemporary writings

Most of following works can be found in the City of London's Guildhall Library.

Author Date Title, imprint, notes
[no author] 1890 "The abolition of the London coal dues", The Economist, 48, 1890, 1627.
Atcheson (Nathaniel) 1802 A letter addressed to Rowland Burdon, Esq. M.P. on the present state of the carrying part of the coal trade: with tables of several of the duties on coals received by the Corporation of the City of London. -- London: Davidson, 1802.
Bunning (Theo Wood) 1883 An account of the duties on coal: and the London coal and wine duties. -- Newcastle upon Tyne: Reid, 1883.
Bunning (Theo Wood) 1885 An account of the duties on coal: and the London coal and wine duties. -- Third edition, revised and corrected. -- Newcastle upon Tyne: Reid, 1885.
[no author] 1853 "The City coal dues", Illustrated London news, issue 614, 26th March 1853, 229.
City of London. Coal and Corn and Finance Committee 1868 Coal market: clerk and registrar and his clerks: report to the Court of Common Council. -- London: Corporation of London, 1868. -- Presented 5th March 1868. -- In: Reports of the Common Council 1868
City of London. Thames Navigation Committee 1785 Report of 1785 to Common Council on the memorial of 1784 of the Thames Navigation Commissioners. -- London: Corporation of London, [1785].
Colwell (Charles) 1861 Fiery facts; or, the City coal tax exposed!: being a new year's gift to the Corporation of the city of London: with suggestions to ameliorate the social condition of coal-miners and their families. -- London: Effingham Wilson, 1861.
Commissioners Appointed For Improving and Completing The Navigation Of The Rivers Thames and Isis 1784 Memorial of 1784 to Common Council requesting that part of the coal duty be applied annually towards the improvement of the navigation of the Thames. -- London: the Commissioners, [1784].
Cruden (Robert Pierce) 1843 The history of the town of Gravesend in the county of Kent, and of the port of London. -- London: Pickering, 1843. -- Available online at: The history of the town of Gravesend in the county of Kent, and of the port of London.
Firth (John Firth Bottomley) 1887 The coal and wine dues: the history of the London coal tax and the arguments for and against its renewal. -- edition. -- London : The Anti-coal Tax Committee, 1887. -- Available online at: The coal and wine dues: the history of the London coal tax and the arguments for and against its renewal.
[no author] 1873 "Free opening of Kew Bridge", Illustrated London news, issue 1746, 15th February 1873, 159. -- Available online at: The day Kew Bridge became toll-free.
Frost (John) 1792 Cheap coals: or, a countermine to the minister and his three City members. -- London: Parsons, 1692 [ie 1792].
Kintrea (Archibald) 1859 To the vestrymen of the metropolitan districts: the Metropolitan Board of Works and the London coal tax. -- London: Billing, 1859.
[no author] 1885 London coal duties: reasons against their renewal ... . -- London: James Beal, [1885].
McCulloch (John Ramsay) 1830 Observations on the duty on sea-borne coal: and on the peculiar duties and charges on coal in the port of London: founded on the reports of parliamentary committees, and other official documents. -- London: Longman, 1830. -- Available online at: Observations on the duty on sea-borne coal; and on the peculiar duties and charges on coal in the Port of London.
MacNab (Henry Grey) 1793 Letters addressed to the Right Honourable William Pitt: pointing out the inequality, oppression and impolicy of the taxes on coal and a substitute for these taxes on all coals consumed in England and Scotland. -- London: Johnson, 1793.
MacNab (Henry Grey) 1801 Observations on the probable consequences of even attempting by legislative authority to obtain a large supple of coal from Staffordshire to the metropolis : (and on other aspects of the coal and iron trades) in a letter to William Manning, Esq., M.P. -- London: Griffiths, 1801.
MacNab (Henry Grey) 1801 A letter, addressed to John Whitemore, Esq., M.P.... pointing out the impolicy of the proposed measure of obtaining a supply of coal from the manufacturing districts to the metropolis: the causes of the high price of coal, and the means of an immediate and continued reduction of price. -- London: Griffiths, 1801.
Middleton (John) 1807 View of the agriculture of Middlesex: with observations on the means of its improvement, and several essays on agriculture in general: drawn up for the consideration of the Board of Agriculture and Internal Improvement. -- London: Phillips, 1807.
Newton (William) 1872 Speech of Mr William Newton at the Metropolitan Board of Works, on the subject of freeing the metropolitan toll bridges and the coal and wine duties on December 6th, 1872. -- London: Speaight, 1872.
Pocock (Robert) 1796 A chronology of the most remarkable events that have occurred in parishes of Gravesend, Milton and Denton in the county of Kent. -- Gravesend: the author, 1790 [ie 1796 or 97].
Pocock (Robert) 1797 The history of the incorporated town and parishes of Gravesend and Milton in the county of Kent: selected with accuracy from topographical writers and enriched from manuscripts hitherto un-noticed recording every event that has occurred in the aforesaid town and parishes from the Norman conquest. -- Gravesend: the author, 1797.
[no author] 1887 Reasons for the continuance of the London coal dues. -- [London]: np, 1887.
[no author] 1696 Reasons for the taking off the tax of five shillings per chaldron on coals. -- [London]: np, [1696].
[no author] 1830 Remarks on the coal trade and on the various duties and charges on coal in the port of London &c. -- London: Longman, 1830. -- Reprinted, with additions ... from the Edinburgh Review, no. 101.
Telltruth (T) 1815 A dark story; or, a brief development of the nefarious conduct of the black diamond mongers with regard to the present system of the coal trade. -- London: Glindon, 1815.
Thwaites (John) 1859 Letter of chairman addressed to the representatives of the metropolis in Parliament, upon the propriety of obtaining the coal duties for metropolitan improvements. -- London: Metropolitan Board of Works, 1859.
[no author] 1841 To the Honourable the Commons of Great Britain and Ireland in Parliament assembled: the petition of the undersigned inhabitants of the metropolis. -- London: np, [1841].

Lists of posts

This list of references contains all the published lists of posts that I am aware of. However it should be noted these works are listed here solely because they give lists or descriptions of locations of posts. As with the guidebooks, magazines, etc below their historical remarks are in some cases less than accurate (see this site's Frequently asked questions).

Author Date Title, imprint, notes
Ashdown (John), Bussell (Michael) and Carter (Paul) 1969 A survey of industrial monuments of Greater London. -- [London]: Thames Basin Archaeological Observers' Group, 1969.
Baker (Rowland G M) 1969 City posts in and around Walton and Weybridge. -- [Walton-on-Thames]: Walton and Weybridge Local History Society, 1969. -- (Walton and Weybridge Local History Society, Monograph 5).
Baker (Rowland G M) 1989 A guide to the industrial archaeology of the Borough of Elmbridge. -- [Guildford]: Surrey Industrial History Group, 1989. -- Available online at: A guide to the industrial archaeology of the Borough of Elmbridge.
Bawtree (Maurice) 1959 "West Drayton, St Pauls and the coal taxes", West Drayton and District Historian, 2, Summer 1959, 7-9.
Bawtree (Maurice) 1961 "In search of London coal tax posts in West Middlesex", Bulletin, Middlesex Local History Council, 12, 1961, 5-10.
Bawtree (Maurice) 1964 "Our London coal tax posts", Uxbridge record, 3, 1964, 13-16.
Bawtree (Maurice) 1964 "The London coal duties and their boundary marks", Rickmansworth historian, 8, 1964, 167-173.
Bawtree (Maurice) 1965 "The London coal and wine duties boundary marks", Half-yearly bulletin, Watford and SW Herts Archaeological Society, New series, 1, 1965, 6-10.
Bawtree (Maurice) 1966 "The London coal duties and their boundary marks", Ruislip Northwood and Eastcote Local History Society Bulletin, October 1966, 3-5.
Bawtree (Maurice) 1967 "Some notes about the Grand Junction Canal, Acts of Parliament and other matters", Uxbridge record, 7, 1967, 11-14.
Bawtree (Maurice) 1969 "The City of London coal duties and their boundary marks", London archaeologist, 1, Spring 1969, 27-30. -- Available online at: The City of London coal duties and their boundary marks (pdf file)
Black (John) 1992 "City of London coal dues", Reading between the lines, 9, winter 1992, 4.
Bromley (London Borough) 1985 Coal posts in Bromley. -- Bromley: Bromley London Borough, [nd, ie 1985].
Bromley (London Borough). Planning Department 1995 Coal posts. -- Bromley: the Department, 1995.
Chiltern Open Air Museum 2005 Guide book. -- Chalfont St Giles: Chiltern Open Air Museum, nd..
[no author] 1966 "City boundary posts", Bulletin, Bourne Society, 43, February 1966, 3-4. -- Available online as: The Nail List of 1966 for the Croydon Area
[no author] 1972 "Coal posts", Waltham Abbey Historical Society newsletter, August 1972, 1.
Elmbridge Borough Council 2006 Coal and wine tax posts. -- Esher: Elmbridge Borough Council, 2006.
Fookes (Gwyneth) and Warner (Robert) 1994 "Coal posts", Local history records (Bourne Society), 33, 1994, 48-57.
Forge (J W Lindus) 1965 List of antiquities in the administrative county of Surrey. -- 5th ed. -- Kingston-upon-Thames: Surrey County Council, 1965.
Hart (H W) 1952 "Coal dues obelisks: an outline of their history", British Railways Southern Region magazine, November 1952, 214.
Herbert (Adrian) 1993 "London coal posts on the borough boundary and beyond", Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society newsletter, 30, 1993, 21.
[no author] 1957 "Iron boundary posts", Bulletin, Bourne Society, 6, May 1957, 1.
[no author] 1957 "Iron boundary posts", Bulletin, Bourne Society, 7, August 1957, 1.
[no author] 1957 "Iron boundary posts", Bulletin, Bourne Society, 8, October 1957, 1 and supp. -- Supplement available online as: The Bourne Society: Supplement to Bulletin Number 8
[no author] 1958 "Iron boundary posts", Bulletin, Bourne Society, 11, June 1958, 1.
Johnson (W Branch) 1967 Industrial monuments in Hertfordshire. -- Hertford: Hertfordshire County Council, 1967.
Johnson (W Branch) 1970 Industrial archaeology of Hertfordshire. -- Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1970.
Kemble (James) 1997 Historic boundary markers in Essex. -- [Chelmsford]: Essex County Council, 1997. -- (Comparative survey of modern/industrial sites and monuments, 4)
Mills (John) 1991 A guide to the industrial history of Runnymede. -- [Guildford]: Surrey Industrial History Group, 1991. -- (SIHG district guides).
Mills (John) 1993 A guide to the industrial history of Spelthorne. -- [Guildford]: Surrey Industrial History Group, 1993. -- (SIHG district guides).
Nail (Martin) 1964 "City posts", Bulletin, Nonsuch and Ewell Antiquarian Society, Third Series, 1, 1964, 8-20.
Nail (Martin) 1965 List of City posts in Kent and Surrey. -- [Epsom: the author, nd, ie 1965].
Neale (Kenneth) 1968 "A most dreadfull fire", Essex Journal, 1, 1968, 146-158.
[no author] 1941 "Railways and the London coal dues", Railway Magazine, 11, 1941, 448-449.
Scripps (Jenny) 2008 London Stone and other boundary markers. -- Staines: Spelthorne Museum, 2008. -- (Spelthorne Museum publication).
Stidder (Derek) 1996 A guide to the industrial history of Reigate and Banstead. -- [Guildford]: Surrey Industrial History Group, 1996. -- (SIHG district guides).
Tadd (Malcolm) 1994 A guide to the industrial history of Tandridge. -- [Guildford]: Surrey Industrial History Group, 1994. -- (SIHG district guides).
Tarplee (Peter) 1998 A guide to the industrial history of the Borough of Elmbridge. -- [Guildford]: Surrey Industrial History Group, 1998. -- (SIHG district guides).
Tarplee (Peter) 1995 A guide to the industrial history of the Mole Valley District. -- [Guildford]: Surrey Industrial History Group, 1995. -- (SIHG district guides).
Taylor (R) 1971 The City of London coal duties. -- Orpington: Charterhouse School, 1971. -- CSE project. Partial copy in Bromley Local Studies Library.
Wakefield (Peter) 1997 A guide to the industrial history of Epsom and Ewell. -- [Guildford]: Surrey Industrial History Group, 1997. -- (SIHG district guides).

References in guidebooks, magazines, exhibitions, etc

This list of references is nothing like complete, but gives a idea of the evidence for the existence of posts that can be gained from guidebooks etc.

Author Date Title, imprint, notes
Broadhead (Ivan) 1966 "Lineside landmark", Railway magazine, 112, 1966, 689.
Broadhead (Ivan) 1972 "When warmth was taxed", Hertfordshire countryside, 164, 1972, 34-35.
Hart (H) 1962 "When London's coal was taxed", Country life, 131, 1962, 290.
Methven (Stephanie) 2006 London journey: woman on the side. -- [London]: [Corporation of London], 2006. -- Explanatory leaflet for an exhibition held at City of London Guildhall South Ambulatory 9-26 January 2006.
Payne (Gordon A) 1977 Surrey industrial archaeology: a field guide. -- Chichester: Phillimore, 1997.
[no author] 1961 "Post collector round London", The Times, 17 May 1961, 16.
Qvist (A) 1967 Epping Forest. -- [Loughton]: The Corporation of London, 1967.
Sharp (David) 2008 The London Loop. -- Revised ed. -- London: Aurum, 2008. -- (Recreational path guide).
Surrey Archaeological Society 1965 Advances in archaeology: the second exhibition of recent discoveries in Surrey and adjacent counties. -- [Guildford]: The Society, 1965. -- Catalogue of an exhibition held at Guildford House, Guildford, 4-25 September 1965.
Tasker (George Edward) 1910 Country rambles by field path and road in and around Ilford. -- Ilford: South Essex Recorders, 1910.
White (Charles) 1937 Country walks. Third series. -- [London]: London Transport, 1937.
White (Charles) 1953 City of London: official guide. -- Cheltenham: Burrow, nd [ca 1953].
Wittering (W O) 1963 "The reason for those obelisks", Hertfordshire countryside, 17, 1963, 330-331.

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