Suffolk Smugglers' Pubs (Hardback)Terry Townsend (author)
Hardback 128 Pages / Published: 18/09/2017
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On Monday, 4 February 1734, Walter Plummer MP told the House of Commons he had recently been in Suffolk where smugglers went about in such formidable bodies, that if something was not done to put a stop to them: 'they might soon threaten danger even to the Government'. He went on to say he had often met them in gangs of forty or fifty together, all so well mounted, that even the Dragoons 'could not come up with them'. In English maritime counties 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 book 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. 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 free traders.
Publisher: PiXZ Books
Number of pages: 128
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
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