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ISBN: 9780857100986
AUTHOR: Terry Townsend
Dorset Smugglers' Pubs
Dorset Smugglers' Pubs
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Few walkers today enjoying Dorsetís stunning coastal path will have an awareness of its dramatic origins as a preventive measure in the fight against serious organised crime.

The track was established as the nocturnal patrol route for Customs Riding Officers on the lookout for smugglers.

In the eighteenth and first half of the nineteenth centuries smuggling became a way of life in Englandís southern counties. During these politically turbulent times successive governments imposed duties on a vast range of imported luxury items to fund foreign wars.

From the moment taxes were imposed they were evaded and so began the delicious deception of smuggling.

It became a logistic tour de force as thousands of gallons of spirits and hundreds of tons of tea purchased in France and the Channel Islands were shipped, landed, concealed, transported and distributed quickly and efficiently to the eager customers.

People from all walks of life were involved and in many cases the local inn became the smugglersí centre of operations where plots were hatched, arrangements made and runs commissioned. Drawing on jail records, Customsí reports, contemporary newspaper articles and eye witness accounts, the story of smuggling in Dorset is revealed here through the history of the pubs that served as meeting places, recruitment centres, secret storage facilities, distribution depots and valued customers.

Retired graphic designer Terry Townsend lives in Dorset with his wife Carol and their cat Smudge. His other books for Halsgrove include: Once Upon a Pint Ė A Readers Guide to the Literary Pubs and Inns of Dorset and Somerset, Kent Smugglersí Pubs, Jane Austenís Hampshire, Jane Austen and Bath and Jane Austenís Kent.

Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 0 85710 098 6, hardback, 210x148mm, 128 pages. Published August 2015.

Jane Austen's KentJane Austen's Kent - £16.99
A major part of Jane Austenís life experience was gained in Kent during prolonged holidays that afforded much happiness as well as inspiration and material for her novels.As well as being a guide to the Kentish places significant in the Austen family history, this book by Terry Townsend also an exploration of the locations Jane knew personally.
Jane Austen and BathJane Austen and Bath - £16.99
In this fascinating and beautifully illustrated book, Terry Townsend takes us on a journey of discovery to the houses, public buildings, parks and walks that were significant in the life and work of one of English literatureís most beloved figures.
Once Upon A PintOnce Upon A Pint - £9.99
Now, if you need it, you also have a good excuse to pop down the pub. Illustrated throughout in colour, this handy new hardback by Terry Townsend is the essential guide to more than fifty of the most characterful hostelries in the fair counties of Dorset and Somerset and their famous literary links. Cheers and good reading!
Web Price: £9.99
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