Home Learning 20-06-2008

20 Jun

This week’s home learning is all about the new learning journey we will be starting later next week.  I want you to find out as much as you can about the life of Smugglers.  What were they like, when did they operate?  Record your thoughts and findings on the blog, or bring in the information in whatever form you like (be imaginative!)


Posted by on June 20, 2008 in Information


7 responses to “Home Learning 20-06-2008

  1. AD

    June 23, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Some smugglers wore long boots and a striped jersey, which we see in books today.
    Smuggling was mainly around the 18th & 19th century.
    They smuggled drinks like brandy, gin and even tea.
    Smugglers worked in large gangs, some involving 100’s of people.
    They could be violent to anyone who tried to stop them.

  2. TTT

    June 24, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Lots of smugglers wore stripy jumpers like we do at bomfire night.
    Smuggling was also known as trafficking.
    It was most popular in the 18th century.
    Smugglers smuggled drinks like gin and brandy and wine and rum.
    People started smuggling because the government brought in taxes. Taxes still annoy people today!.
    Smuggling still happens today in some parts of the world.

  3. PCW

    June 24, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Smuggling started in about 1300 because people didn’t want to pay tax on exported wool. When the government put tax on tea, tobacco and spirits in the 1800s, then these things were smuggled too. Men could earn ten shillings a night carrying things up from the beach to hide which was a lot of money in those days. Although the gang leaders were put in prison, the other members could be sent to Australia or even killed. There were often lots of people helping the gangs, working as hiders, lookouts and barrel carriers. One lady used to carry smuggled goods under dirty laundry from one house to another. Lots of smuggling took place in Sussex, such as Rottingdean, Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

  4. witty will will

    June 25, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    In 1776 the vicar of Christchurch said smuggling was a sin. His clerk replied, “Then the Lord have mercy on Christchurch for who is there who has not had a tub?”

  5. witty will will

    June 25, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    – continued, From then onwards smugglers have allways been very secretive.

  6. L.w

    June 26, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Sussex smugglers

    Smuggling stared around the year 1300, when you hat to pay a tax to get wool into England, so some people stared to smuggle Wool, Brandy and Tea into England from places like France and the Channel islands. But they didn’t always get the thing they got in without getting caught.
    Last year we went to workshop, run by The Sussex Wildlife Trust, about smugglers at Cookmear haven. There was a storey about a policeman who knew how the smugglers got back in the dark, but the smugglers knew that he knew. So the smugglers put the chalk that they used to the edge of the cliff. So that night the policeman followed the chalk and fell of the edge of the cliff.

  7. AMR

    June 27, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    In the 18th century illegal trade accross england’s coast grew at an alarming rate. I’ve heard a storey of a boy called tom dressed in long boots and a striped jersey.He rolls a couple of barrels up a moonlit beach,hides them in a cave,then sells the brandy around the village. Everybody knows him as tom the smuggler and his neighbours take it in turns to distract the tax man at the front door while tom rolls his barrels out the back. Smugglers are bad poeple who steal things from diffrent countrys. these are things they smuggle:tea,weapons,gunpowder,rum,wine,whisky,beer,silk and wool.


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