This section covers data on the UK’s overseas trade and the overall balance of payments. Exports of wool are available as far back as the C13th with other data on imports and exports available from the Port Books until official customs data begin in 1696. The customs data are based on official values that were changed relatively infrequently (if at all) during the C18th and are thought better reflections of trade volumes rather than values. Official data on the value of exports and imports begin in 1854 though these have been taken back to the late C18th through the work of scholars such Albert Imlah, Ralph Davis and Javier Cuenca Estaban. The Bank’s Millennium of Data spreadsheet summarises much of the historical and official data available. This is backed up by digitised historical publications such as Elizabeth Schumpeter’s English Overseas Trade Statistics, the Trade and Navigation Accounts and the Annual Pink Book.
- British & Foreign Trade And Industry (170MB)
- Statistical Tables Relating to British & Foreign Trade & Industry 1924-1930 Part I (173MB)
- Statistical Tables Relating to British & Foreign Trade & Industry 1924-1930 Part II (237MB)
- Volume & Value of Our Overseas Trade 1924-1939 (345MB)
- Trade section of Millennium of Macroeconomic Data v3.1 (xls), summary data are available via FRED