Hawkhurst Gang

Hawkhurst Gang

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Hawkhurst Gang was a criminal organization involved in smuggling throughout southeast England from 1735 until 1749. One of the more infamous gangs of the early 18th century, their influence extended from Dorset, where they successfully raided the customs house at Poole, to the Kent coast. Defeated in a battle with the Goudhurst militia in 1747, two of their leaders, Arthur Gray and Thomas Kingsmill, were executed in 1748 and 1749 respectively. Named after the village of Hawkhurst in Kent, the gang was first mentioned as the Holkhourst Genge in 1735. Based in Hawkhurst, it is claimed that they frequented the Mermaid Inn in the town of Rye, where they would sit with their weapons on the table. Many local legends and folklore are based on the alleged network of tunnels built by the gang. However, many hidden cellars and remote barns could have been used for storage so it is unlikely that tunnels would have been needed at that period when large armed gangs operated openly, often riding through the larger towns in daylight.show more

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  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 327g
  • Miss Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135819097
  • 9786135819090