By Jeremy Rowett Johns

Smuggling in Cornwall: An Illustrated heritage tells the tale of the smuggling alternate that flourished in Cornwall throughout the eighteenth and 19th centuries. Drawing on extant resource fabric, it examines how the exchange used to be organised and financed with specific connection with the fishing village of Polperro at the south coast of Cornwall, the place it was once masterminded through Zephaniah activity, referred to as the ‘Smugglers’ Banker’. Cornwall’s broad beach and remoted place made it attainable for big amounts of rum, brandy, gin, tea and tobacco to be shipped throughout from Guernsey and taken ashore in secluded coves. Repeated makes an attempt by way of profit officials to grab contraband items have been continuously thwarted; even if a smuggler used to be stuck red-handed, it was once infrequent for a Cornish jury to convict him. yet in 1798, the homicide of a Customs officer through one of many staff of a smuggling vessel named the Lottery resulted in the institution of the coastguard provider and the eventual decline of the smuggling trade.

Here, during this illustrated and well-researched booklet, Jeremy Rowett Johns explores this interesting quarter of Cornish maritime history.

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