Smuggling

The wholesale evasion of customs dues on silk, brandy, lace, tobacco and such staples as tea created a huge black market in eighteenth and early nineteenth century England. No area was more deeply involved than the New Forest. A detailed account of every aspect of this trade, how it was financed and carried out, how every class of society was involved, and the useless attempts of the government to prevent it, form a key part of the 'Albion Park' chapter of THE FOREST.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Hard to believe, but this month of April is the 50th anniversary of the 'official' break-up of the Beatles. This author was a very timid young student at Cambridge then. But the far more worldly and talented guy who had the room across the corridor from me had a lovely girlfriend who worked for John Lennon; and one day they scooped me up and took me to Lennon's house at Ascot. The white house with the white piano. Lennon himself wasn't there, but all the same . . . Fifty years later, that day is still so vivid




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