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ISBN: 9780857101174
AUTHOR: Terry Townsend
More Dorset Smugglers' Pubs
More Dorset Smugglers' Pubs
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During the eighteenth century, cliff-top fires were used to alert incoming smuggling vessels to the presence of patrolling Customs Officers.

Lighting these warning fires was a specific and extremely serious offence carrying the death penalty. Inland, communication between illiterate people relied on word of mouth which begs the question of how gangs of a hundred or more contraband carriers could be organised to rendezvous at an appointed time and place.

In those days the pub was the hub of rural communities and often acted as the nerve centre of smuggling operations. It was in the pubs that plots were hatched, arrangements for transportation agreed and runs commissioned. At these meetings certain key men were each assigned to raise small groups and the overall task of assembling a workforce was completed through pyramid delegation.

Historian and author Terry Townsend has once again travelled to towns, villages and hamlets across his home county seeking ‘more’ of the authentic pubs patronised over two and a half centuries ago by Dorset smugglers.

The result is a beautifully-illustrated companion guide presenting a new selection of pubs that served not only as meeting places but also recruitment centres, secret storage facilities, distribution depots and valued customers.

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 the men who called themselves ‘free traders’.

Terry Townsend has written extensively about English life in the eighteenth century including books on smuggling, the Bristol slave trade and the life of Jane Austen. He lives in Dorset with his wife Carol and their cat Smudge. The predecessor volume to this book, Dorset Smugglers’ Pubs, was published by Halsgrove in 2015.

Imprint: PiXZ, ISBN 978 0 85710 117 4, hardback, 210x148mm, 128 pages. Published April 2019.

East Devon Smugglers' PubsEast Devon Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
This superbly illustrated guide by Terry Townsend follows smugglers’ trails revealing contraband landing beaches, secret hiding places and grand homes of aristocrats who helped finance the unlawful activities.
East Sussex Smugglers' PubsEast Sussex Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
Terry Townsend, who has written extensively on this subject, has identified a significant number of authentic Smugglers’ pubs distributed throughout East Sussex. The events actually occurring during the smuggling heyday provide stories every bit as wild as any to be imagined.
Suffolk Smugglers' PubsSuffolk Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
Terry Townsend explores smuggling connections of Suffolk down the whole of the eastern seaboard from the northern border with Norfolk to the southern border with Essex. It is a guide to a significant number of authentic pubs patronised over two and a half centuries ago by Suffolk smugglers.
East Cornwall Smugglers' PubsEast Cornwall Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
The fascinating story of smuggling in East Cornwall is revealed here in this superbly illustrated guide by Terry Townsend, through visits to eighteen authentic inns and taverns frequented by the old time free traders.
West Cornwall Smugglers' PubsWest Cornwall Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
This superbly-illustrated guide from Terry Townsend features authentic pubs from St Ives to Falmouth patronised over two centuries ago by Cornish ‘free traders’. In these wonderful old buildings with their low-beamed ceilings, flagstone floors, inglenook fireplaces and secret hiding places one can sense the desperate days of smuggling’s golden era.
Isle of Wight Smugglers' PubsIsle of Wight Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
This copiously illustrated guide by Terry Townsend 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.
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.
Kent Smugglers' PubsKent Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
This guide by Terry Townsend will lead you to a significant number of authentic smugglers’ pubs distributed throughout Kent. These wonderful old buildings with their low-beamed ceilings, flag stone floors, inglenook fire-places and secret hiding places are where you can get a real feel for the desperate days of the free traders.
 
 
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