Peter Taylor

Postgraduate Research Student


I commenced my self-funded Part-time PhD study in 2015 while continuing to work Full-time at the Port of Bristol which I have done for the last 22 years. I have been an independent researcher for over 10 years and have had several articles published in the field of maritime trade. I am on the committee of the Society for Clay Pipe Research and have had several articles published in their Newsletter. 

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"An Archaeological and Documentary Study of the Maritime Trade in Clay Tobacco Pipes prior to the British Civil Wars."

Supervisors: Harold Mytum and Graham Milne

The origins and early development of the tobacco pipe industry in England is largely undocumented. It is presumed that the trade would have commenced in London and this assumption will be tested using both the locally created records of the customs administration, the Overseas and Coastal ‘Port Books’, and archaeological finds.

This comparative study seeks to identify and analyse the early trade in pipes, the industry’s scale and the distribution patterns of its products. It will cover the period of tobacco’s transition from a rare commodity to pervasive intoxicant. A study of the export trade in pipes will assess the extent to which English pipes influenced local production in Europe, particularly the early markets in Ireland and the United Provinces.

Research Centre Membership

Liverpool Centre for Renaissance and Medieval studies

Research Funding