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ISBN: 9780857101020
AUTHOR: Terry Townsend
Hampshire Smugglers' Pubs
Hampshire Smugglers' Pubs
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Walk any section of the 34-mile long Avon Valley Path from Christchurch to Salisbury and you will be walking in the steps of the smugglers of old.

Take any one of the well-worn tracks across the New Forest and you will be traversing a route created by smugglers’ pack ponies.

Cross the Hamble River on the little ferry from Warsash and the ghosts of contraband carriers will trudge with you up Hamble’s winding cobbled street.

Wander through the churchyard at Boldre and wonder at the solid table-top tombs which provided additional service as giant tea caddy storage safes for the gentlemen of the night.

Above all, seek out a smugglers’ pub.These wonderful old buildings with their low-beamed ceilings, flagstone floors, inglenook fireplaces and secret hiding places are where you should go to get a real sense of the desperate days of the free traders.

In all the southern counties of England the nerve centre of smuggling operations was predominantly the local pub. It was here that plots were hatched, arrangements for transportation agreed and runs commissioned. The smugglers’ pub served as a meeting place, recruitment centre, secret storage facility, distribution depot and valued customer.

This lively guide will lead you to a significant number of authentic pubs patronised over two centuries ago by Hampshire smugglers, where you can experience directly a sometimes unexpected slice of the county’s colourful history.

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 – A Readers Guide to the Literary Pubs and Inns of Dorset and Somerset, Kent Smugglers’ Pubs, Dorset Smugglers’ Pubs, Jane Austen’s Hampshire, Jane Austen and Bath and Jane Austen’s Kent.

Imprint: PiXZ. ISBN 978 0 85710 102 0, hardback, 210x148mm, 144 pages. Published May 2016.

Dorset Smugglers' PubsDorset Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
Drawing on jail records, Customs’ reports, contemporary newspaper articles and eye witness accounts, the story of smuggling in Dorset is revealed by Terry Townsend through the history of the pubs that served as meeting places, recruitment centres, secret storage facilities, distribution depots and valued customers.
Web Price: £9.99
11.58 EUR 12.49 USD 16.36 AUD

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