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The Excise were responsible for collecting duties on imports and exports and preventing evasion. There was a Custom House on 'Lower Street' and 'Custom House Lane' in the viscinity of Middle Street Carpark.
1783 July 15th
'Extract of letter from Deal' published in the Kentish Gazette:
Yesterday morning Mess. Robins and Mortimer officers of excise, seized upwards of 1500 gallons of the best over-proof cognac brandy, in an unfinished house at the North end of the town, the whole of which, it is supposed, belonged to two persons only.