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Victualling Board, In-Letters and Orders


Reference code(s): GB 0064 ADM/C&G&H

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Victualling Board, In-Letters and Orders

Date(s): 1694-1819

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 67ft: 20m

Name of creator(s): Victualling Board


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1665 a Surveyor General and local surveyors had been appointed to check the standard of provisions provided by contractors, but in 1684 dissatisfaction with supplies led to the appointment of four Commissioners who were to organise and control each stage of victualling operations. From the Victualling Board at Tower Hill contracts were made for the supply of provisions, most of which were prepared and packed in the yard there. Transports were hired by the Board, except between 1690 and 1724 and again between 1794 and 1817 when this responsibility was taken over by the Transport Board. Victuals were delivered to depots at Portsmouth, Plymouth, Chatham and Dover, to yards abroad and to ships at sea. Soon after 1742 the Board purchased land at Deptford to found a victualling yard there. In 1787 the Victualling Office was moved to Somerset House. The Board was abolished in 1832 and its duties assigned to the Controller of Victualling.


Scope and content/abstract:

Victualling Board: in-letters and orders, consisting of 427 volumes of in-letters, abstracts of letters and orders, and Board minutes, 1694 to 1819. Four hundred volumes are letters from the Admiralty, 1788 to 1815 (class mark, ADM/C); twenty-six volumes contain abstracts of Admiralty and Navy Board letters and orders, 1694 to 1819 (ADM/G); and one volume consists of Victualling Board minutes, 1811 to 1813 (ADM/H).


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were transferred to the Museum in 1938 by arrangement with the Admiralty.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jul 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-12-22

Naval administration

Personal names

Corporate names
Navy Board
Royal Navy