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Title page of Sussex Smugglers

The title page of Sussex Smugglers, the book that blew the whistle on the violence of the smuggling gangs.


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This bibliography is reasonably comprehensive, though there are a few footnoted references that do not appear below. General works about smuggling are below, and you can find regional books by clicking on the links above. Titles that were in print when I wrote Smugglers' Britain in 1991, or are fairly common on the secondhand market are marked with a Red blob graphic, and more details are supplied.


Atton, H and Holland, Henry Hurst, 1908, The King's Customs

Red blob graphic Chatterton, E Keble, 1912, King's Cutters and Smugglers 1700-1855. This book is available as an e-text at Project Gutenberg. Click here to read it.

Cleugh, James, 1955, Captain Tom Johnstone

Cross, Arthur Lyon, 1928, 18th century documents

Denning, Roy, 1960, Crime and punishment vol 2

Duncan, 1841 , History of Guernsey

Economic History Review, 1958, 2nd Series, Vol X

Farjeon, Jefferson J, 1938, The Compleat Smuggler

Forbes, Athol, 1909, The Romance of Smuggling

Fraser, Duncan, 1971, The Smugglers

Graham, Frank Moore, 1966, Famous Smuggling Inns

Graham, Frank Moore, 1969, More smugglers' Inns

Harper, Charles G and Teignmouth, Lord, 1909, The Smugglers

Hay, Douglas, 1977, Albion's Fatal Tree

James, G.P.R., 1908, The Smuggler

Nicholls, 1973, Honest Thieves

Phillipson, David, 1973, Smuggling, a history 1700-1970

Pringle, P, 1938, Honest Thieves

Ruskin, J, 1856, The Harbours of England from drawings by Turner

Scott, James Maurice, 1964, The Tea Story

Shore, Hon Henry N, 1892, Smuggling days and Smuggling Ways

Shore, Hon Henry N, 1973, The Smugglers, Picturesque Chapters in the history of contraband

Red blob graphic Smith, Graham, 1983, King's Cutters; Conway Maritime Press; ISBN 0 85177 291 9

Stanfield, 1820, Coastal Scenery

Teignmouth, Lord and and Harper, CG, 1923, The Smugglers (2 vols)

Thompson, E.P., 1970, The making of the English Working Class

Trevelyan, G.M., 1944, English Social History

Trevelyan, G.M., 1942, A shortened History of England

Red blob graphic Williams, Neville John, 1959, Contraband cargoes — Seven Centuries of Smuggling; Longmans, Green and Co

Wood, George Bernard, 1966, Smuggler's Britain