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Wirral Smugglers, Wreckers and Pirates [Paperback]

Gavin Chappell
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30 Jun 2009
The book is the first authoritative, illustrated, full-length account of smuggling and related activities in Wirral. Covering the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it represents the first book-length account concerning this important chapter in Wirral's heritage. Not only does it describe familiar facts in great detail - Mother Redcap and her smugglers' tavern on the Wallasey shore, the labyrinth of smugglers' tunnels stretching from the Red Noses in New Brighton throughout Wallasey, and the wreckers who used to prey upon Liverpool-bound shipping - it also covers the less well-known aspects of Wirral's piratical past, including smuggling in Parkgate and Heswall, and the swashbuckling adventures of Captain Fortunatus Wright - the Wallasey privateer.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Countyvise Ltd (30 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906823200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906823207
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 395,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gavin Chappell was raised by a pack of friendly cats in suburban England and now lives near Liverpool.

After studying English at the University of Wales, he went on to work in leisure before he drifted into teaching and spent the next decade trying to drift out again.

He is editor of Schlock! Webzine (www.schlock.co.uk). Someone has to be.

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Having been born on the Wirral, I had no idea that it was filled with such a romantic and engaging history. This book is filled with wonderful stories about the exploits of some of Wirral's more nefarious inhabitants and is an engaging insight into the social history of our tiny peninsula. In addition to this Chappell writes in an eager gallop that cannot help but draw the reader into the mysterious and action filled exploits of Mother Redcap, Fortunatus Wright and other darker denizens of the Wirral coast.

With a good deal of source material available to the reader, I found myself wondering around the Wirral looking for the some of the places Chappell mentioned. Now when I visit home I no longer look out from the pier at New Brighton and see grey factories: I see shipwrecks and desperate fights and hear the whisper of the ghosts carrying their ill gotten wares down to the cellar at Redcap's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for any Wirral resident 9 Sep 2013
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As a young man born on the Wirral in New Brighton I and my sister explored many of the caves in this book.
The cave described as the yellow noses we dug out and it ran a great deal further than described in this book.We found a donkeys skull in a small passage then in the late fifty,s it was all filled in.A great book well worth a read
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book... 24 Aug 2013
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I'm from Wallasey and I do know quite a bit about the smugglers of the Wirral. This book did tell me stuff I didn't know about the area and other information that I have gained from it. well worth the price and fast dispatch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Knowledge 6 July 2012
The Author has really gone in depth with his research in this book. Anybody who has an interest in pirates from the golden age of piracy must purchase this book. There is so many previously untold stories about an area that has been glorified as a seaside resort during the Victorian era, but before then the history is so much more romantic. This really is a great read and speaks of Wallasey and Wirral's own pirate legends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Pirate knowledge 30 Jan 2013
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The author has enlightened me to history that I did not even know existed. A great read about a tiny area called Wirral that was a haunt for pirates and smugglers. It even speaks of lost treasure and hidden tunnels. A possible treasure hunt may be possible in the future. This book would be of interest to anyone with a love for pirate legends.
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