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ISBN: 9780857101037
AUTHOR: Terry Townsend
Isle of Wight Smugglers' Pubs
Isle of Wight Smugglers' Pubs
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Smuggling, although always illegal, was a major trading activity in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

This ‘delicious deception’ was an activity inhabitants of the Isle of Wight engaged in with enthusiasm. The Island’s prominent smuggling role can be largely attributed to its offshore location with its sheltered coves and sandy beaches. Much of the contraband shipped by Island smugglers was destined for mainland customers.

The Island became a natural forward base for traffic to and from the continent. Separated from the mainland by The Solent, this diamond shaped landmass was a natural gift to the ‘free traders’ and developed into a main dumping depot where contraband purchased in Northern France and the Channel Islands could be stockpiled reasonably safely.

The nerve centre of smuggling operations was predominantly the local pub, where 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 copiously illustrated guide features a significant number of authentic pubs patronised over two centuries ago by Isle of Wight smugglers. These wonderful old buildings with their low-beamed ceilings, flagstone floors, inglenook fireplaces and secret hiding places are where, with a little imagination, one can sense the desperate days of smuggling’s golden era.

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, Hampshire Smugglers’ Pubs, Jane Austen’s Hampshire, Jane Austen and Bath and Jane Austen’s Kent.

Imprint: PiXZ. ISBN 978 0 85710 103 7, hardback, 210x148mm, 144 pages. Published July 2016.

Hampshire Smugglers' PubsHampshire Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
This lively guide by Terry Townsend 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.
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.
A Boot Up Isle of Wight PubsA Boot Up Isle of Wight Pubs - £4.99
The Isle of Wight has around one pub for every square mile so satisfying your thirst is never going to be a problem. Phil Christian helps here by describing in detail, 10 circular walks that combine a number of pubs in areas with local interest that are off the beaten track.
The Book of Newtown, Isle of WightThe Book of Newtown, Isle of Wight - £24.99
First published in 2004 and quickly sold out, this new edition of The Book of Newtown with Porchfield, Locks Green and Shalfleet, published to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee, brings the story of the community fully up to date.
Last Days of Steam Southern RegionLast Days of Steam Southern Region - £14.99
Over 150 photographs by Roger Malone appear in the book taken at locations in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset and Hampshire, and includingWeymouth, the Isle ofWight, Bournemouth, Corfe Castle, Eastleigh, Launceston and the Exeter area. A section contains photographs taken at the famous Barry scrapyard where so many locomotives ended their days.
Portrait of the Isle of Wight CoastPortrait of the Isle of Wight Coast - £14.99
Starting and finishing near the Needles and Alum Bay this book represents a photographic exploration of the island’s numerous coastal highlights and characteristics, captured in all their glory through more than 140 images from the camera of Geraint Tellem.
Spirit of The Isle of Wight Steam RailwaySpirit of The Isle of Wight Steam Railway - £4.99
From his collection of stunning images Mike Heath presents this photographic excursion along the line which, with many of the society’s locomotives and all of its carriages having spent much of their working lives on the island, is truly a journey back in time.
Isle of Wight from the AirIsle of Wight from the Air - £14.99
The superb aerial photographs in this book provided a fascinating overview of this historic island community, which these days provides a distinctive place to live for thousands, and for many more a place to enjoy leisure pursuits including watersports of all kinds, birdwatching, or simply walking the many island footpaths.
Portrait of the Isle of WightPortrait of the Isle of Wight - £14.99
The Isle of Wight is a landscape of infinite and fascinating variety and is captured here by Ian Badley in over 140 evocative and beautiful images, showing the island at its colourful best.
Images of Hampshire and Isle of Wight RailwaysImages of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Railways - £19.99
Here are rare photographs, many of them taken by the author Maurice Dart, of main line locomotives and private and industrial lines, many of which no longer exist. Each is accompanied by the author’s own text, unique reminiscences of the locomotives that once ran on the westcountry’s extensive rail system.
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