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Smuggling on the South Coast Kindle Edition
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I recommend McCooey's work for four reasons. Firstly it has the most detailed treatment of customs tax history (briefly from the Plantagenets up to the period dealt with) as a background to why the population found smuggling so attractive. Secondly it describes in detail all the customs posts, offices and duties of the customs and excise officers from the late 17th century and how few there were in covering such wide areas. Both these positive features aren't so well developed elsewhere in smuggling literature. Thirdly there is huge detail on the Hawkhurst Gang, the most murderous cause celebre in British smuggling history, worse even than the skirmish near Hunstanton and the itimidation in Polperro. Fourthly he uses the word 'gang' and 'smuggling gangs' which puts smugglers in context in 2012 as these money making shoremen could be extremely violent.
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