Law and Order in Norman England

William I made it his mission to wrestle control of law and order in England. Let’s explore more about how life in England changed post-1066.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Battle of Hastings

Think you know all there is to know about the Battle of Hastings? Think again. Even after 900 or so years, this history-defining conflict continues to throw up some incredible stats, facts and nuggets of intrigue – some of which you may never heard before. So, what’s left to unearth when it comes to the … Continued

7 Things You Should Know About the Normans

The invasion of England in 1066 is a pivotal moment in our history, with the Battle of Hastings being one of the most famous battles. While you might know the story of the battle itself and what the outcome was, how much do you know about the Normans themselves and the impact they had on … Continued

Ferocious Female Pirates taking charge!

In history, ferocious female pirates taking charge and defying society, are often deleted… But we’re going to change that! Piracy boasts a hidden history of the role of Female Pirates who were fearless and cunning women that defied convention to become infamous pirates on the high seas. Discover the legacy of these extraordinary women, who … Continued

The Notorious Hawkhurst Smuggling Gang!

The Notorious Hawkhurst Smuggling Gang and It’s Legacy The notorious Hawkhurst Smuggling Gang were a legend in their own right.  Even in the intriguing and daring world of smuggling, they stand out above the rest in the 18th Century. In this blog we will explore their audacity, cunning, and intricate network of clandestine routes, as … Continued

The Life of a Smuggling Tubman in the 18th Century

The Harsh Life of a Smuggling Tubman in the 18th Century The Origins of a Smuggling Tubman The life of a smuggling Tubman in the 18th Century was a harsh one. The era was a dangerous one with political unrest, economic upheaval, and the fight for personal freedom. In the midst of these challenges, there … Continued

Guess The Smuggled Items

The 18th century was known as the golden age of smuggling, with pirates, smugglers, and bootleggers hiding contraband items in underground caves, coves, and tunnels to transport them across borders. But how much do you know about the most commonly smuggled items passing through these hidden and secretive operations? From popular drinks like tea and … Continued

What was the Battle of Hastings?

For most people, the Battle of Hastings should be familiar. After all, it pretty much rewrote the history books, altering the timeline of England forever. With that said, even if you have heard of it, you might be sketchy on the details. 1066 was a long time ago, and if you weren’t paying attention in … Continued

What are Smugglers? Then vs Now

Here, we’re delving into the murky world of Britain’s smuggling heritage, from its earliest origins at places like St Clement’s Cave to the golden age of bootlegging in the 18th century and beyond.

Get clued up on smuggling… down in our cave

Watch your wallet – and your head! There are smugglers galore down in our secret ancient caves, way below Hastings… St Clement’s Caves were formed more than 15,000 years ago. And since then they’ve seen some dangerous and dubious goings-on. Smugglers and pirates are just the start. From royalty to The Rolling Stones, our caves … Continued

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