In the past, Cornwall was a centre for smuggling of illegal contraband such as brandy and gin thanks largely to its long expanse of rocky, virtually uninhabited coast rocky coast. It was a centre for smuggling of illegal contraband such as brandy and gin, reaching its peak in the county during the 18th Century.
Tony walks a stretch of the fabulous Cornish coast, discovering why and how smuggling was the biggest industry in the area for decades, back in the eighteenth century. He visits secluded harvours and coves where the illicit trade of smuggling took place and finds out that in 1780 half of the brandy drunk in Britain was smuggled through Cornwall.
Episode Length: 01:00:00
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