April 2016 – Smuggling with Jeremy Rowett Johns

Author Jeremy Rowett Johns gave a fantastic talk at The Book Shop about his new work; Smuggling in Cornwall an Illustrated History, a fantastic and well researched book.

Full of local knowledge and anecdotes, Jeremy regaled us with the history of smuggling in Cornwall; why people did it, what they did and what ultimately lead to the end of the trade. The audience, complete with four year 6 students from St Cleer School, discussed secret tunnels, cheap brandy and the smuggler’s banker Zephaniah Job. It was an excellent event, complete, of course, with home made apple cake.

Smuggling in Cornwall: An Illustrated History tells the story of the smuggling trade that flourished in Cornwall during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Drawing on extant source material, it examines how the trade was organised and financed with particular reference to the fishing village of Polperro on the south coast of Cornwall, where it was masterminded by Zephaniah Job, known as the ‘Smugglers’ Banker’.


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