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custom house

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a government office, esp at a port, where customs are collected and ships cleared for entry
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The Custom House stood at a little distance down King Street, nearly where the Suffolk Bank now stands, and a sentinel was continually pacing before its front.
Similar to the Penarth and Cardiff Custom Houses, it was one of the major commercial buildings used for trading purposes in the dock.
The exterior of the former Custom House and Mercantile Marine Office, on the junction of Station Road and Dock View Road, has been restored to its former glory thanks to a pounds 100,000 Welsh Development Agency town improvement grant.
The Custom House was built between 1901 and 1910 as Barry Docks became a major export centre for coal from the South Wales mines.
Andrew Dakin, Barry Action project manager, said the restoration of landmark buildings such as the Custom House played a significant part in the overall regeneration of the community.
The old Custom House and Mercantile Marine Office, on the junction of Station Street and Dock View Road, has historical links to the port of Barry and was awarded Grade Two Listed Building status in 1990.
Andrew Dakin, Barry Action project manager, said the restoration of landmark buildings such as the Custom House played, "a significant part in the overall regeneration of a community".
He added: "Buildings as prominent and well-loved as the Custom House are an integral part of the fabric of Barry.
The external refurbishment of the Custom House is due to be completed by April 2002.