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ISBN: 9780857101198
AUTHOR: Terry Townsend
East Devon Smugglers' Pubs
East Devon Smugglers' Pubs
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East Devon smugglers of old risked life and liberty to improve the lot of their impoverished families by supplying untaxed goods to eager paying customers.

Their area of enterprise encompassed the sweep of Lyme Bay from the River Axe to the River Teign where the expanse of rugged coastline and challenging interior were policed by Preventive Men based in the Custom House on Exeter Quay, open today as a visitor centre.

This superbly illustrated guide follows smugglers’ trails revealing contraband landing beaches, secret hiding places and grand homes of aristocrats who helped finance the unlawful activities.

Significant churches and churchyards are disclosed where contraband was hidden inside bell towers and table top tombs. During the smuggling era the pub was the hub of rural communities and many functioned as the nerve centre for clandestine operations.

Numerous landlords were directly involved in these nefarious goings-on and all were happy to buy spirits and tobacco at the right price. It was in these dens of iniquity with their low-beamed ceilings, flagstone floors and inglenook fireplaces that plots were hatched, arrangements for transportation agreed and smuggling runs commissioned. When visiting these wonderful old buildings today little imagination is required to sense the desperate days of the men who called themselves ‘free traders’.

Terry Townsend, who lives in the West Country with his wife Carol and their cat Smudge, has written extensively about aspects of English life in the eighteenth century. This is his tenth book of Smugglers’ Pubs.

Imprint: PiXZ. ISBN 978 0 85710 119 8, hardback, 210x148mm, 128 pages. Published April 2019.

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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