Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Hannibal of the Lee
Hannibal Richards lived at The Gwythers, then a farm, but soon returned to his old ways. He was well-known to the Collector and his name appears in, several reports but he seems never to have been convicted. Nevertheless he had several close shaves with the coastguard and revenue. After a raid in which he was the only one of his gang to escape he decided to retire. He died in 1849 at the age of 85. He and other members of his family are buried in the churchyard at Ilfracombe.
Source: Lee Bay - North Devon http://www.leebay.co.uk/n02_smuggelers_path.htm
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
This is an extract from '1873 Reminiscences of Smugglers' found in the British Library. It contains accounts of smuggling from early in the C19th.
Source: British Library: http://bllearning.co.uk/live/text/ship/smugglers/
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Monday, October 17, 2005
A Spout Lantern was used by smugglers to direct a light out to sea that would not be seen on land by revenue officers.
Source: Dorset and the Sea http://www.swgfl.org.uk/dorset/html/galleries/smuggling/spout_lantern.htm
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Source: Smuggling in Cornwall. http://www.connexions.co.uk/culture/smuggler.htm