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Abbotsbury, Ship Inn f.102

Abbotsbury, Ship Inn f.102

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15537

Item number: f.102

Genre: Manuscript

Smuggling was a common and lucrative activity in Britain's coastal communities in Grimm's day. The secluded coves and hidden bays dotted around the Dorset shoreline provided ample opportunity for piracy. In 1737 the cover was blown on the Ship Inn, the local smuggling headquarters, when three-quarters of a ton of tea, together with rum, brandy, silk and cotton, were discovered stashed under a hedge on a road nearby.

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