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ISBN: 9780857101181
AUTHOR: Terry Townsend
East Sussex Smugglers' Pubs
East Sussex Smugglers' Pubs
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For 150 years, from the beginning of the eighteenth century, East Sussex was in the forefront of smuggling due to its pivotal position between the merchant suppliers of Northern France and London customers eager for untaxed luxuries such as brandy, tea and tobacco.

The men landing contraband on Sussex beaches had two initial aims. The first to avoid detection, the second to move the merchandise swiftly inland to half way hiding places at farms, churches and pubs.

Secrecy during these operations was facilitated by the threat of violence towards would-be informers and judicious bribing of legal authorities encouraging them to turn a blind eye.

In many cases the local inn became the smugglers’ centre of operations where plots were hatched, arrangements agreed and runs commissioned.

The smugglers’ pub served as a meeting place, recruitment centre, distribution depot and valued customer. This was nowhere more so than in the incomparable smuggling town of Rye, riddled with linking tunnels and secret storage places.

Terry Townsend, who has written extensively on this subject, has identified a significant number of authentic Smugglers’ pubs distributed throughout East Sussex. These wonderful old buildings with their low-beamed ceilings, flagstone floors and inglenook fireplaces evoke a genuine sense of the desperate days of free traders.

The events actually occurring during the smuggling heyday provide stories every bit as wild as any to be imagined.

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 the West Country with his wife Carol.

Imprint: PiXZ, hardback, 210x148mm, 128 pages. Published April 2018.

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.
Bristol & Clifton Slave Trade TrailsBristol & Clifton Slave Trade Trails - £9.99
For much of the eighteenth century, Bristol was England’s second city and, between 1730 and 1745, its premier slaving port. Terry Townsend presents the drama of that period through six discovery trails. Maps, detailed directions and over 150 photographs help bring the story to life.
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.
Jane Austen's KentJane Austen's Kent - £16.99
A major part of Jane Austen’s 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.
A Boot Up West Sussex PubsA Boot Up West Sussex Pubs - £4.99
Over half of the county of Sussex is protected countryside, which offers good walking cycling and other recreational opportunities. The county also has a large number of lovely country pubs and this book features 27 of them over ten walks.
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 literature’s 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!
Sky High Sussex CoastSky High Sussex Coast - £4.99
Sky High Sussex Coast by Jason Hawkes is a perfect memento of this historic coast. The photographs in this book cover the whole coast, between Selsey Bill and Beachy Head, and then from Beachy Head to Dungeness (over the border in Kent).
Sussex - Loving It!Sussex - Loving It! - £9.99
The first book of former UK Landscape Photographer of the Year, Gary Eastwood. Beautifully produced, this book offers more than 50 majestic panoramic images capturing brooding sunsets, misty dawns, swirling mists and tranquil dusks, captured over four seasons in the life of Sussex.
Sky High SussexSky High Sussex - £4.99
Almost everywhere you look in Sussex there is a trace of its rich past in thriving present, and – particularly when seen from above – an incomparable variety of wood and field, down and village, framed by one of the most renowned coastlines in the world. This little book captures it all.
Sussex Address BookSussex Address Book - £12.99
Iain McGowan, the internationally-renowned landscape photographer carries on the great tradition of artists who have been stimulated by the area: through his lens he captures the essential beauty and character of Sussex in this superb address book.
Portrait of the Sussex WealdPortrait of the Sussex Weald - £14.99
Featuring over 200 superlative images and text reflecting ancient towns and villages, secluded manor houses, archaeological remains, world famous gardens, remaining woodlands and often glorious views, renowned photographer Iain McGowan’s collection captures the essence of the Sussex Weald and its historic woodland legacy.
Web Price: £9.99
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