Sources on Smuggling in East Sussex Record Office

Complete List Sources for Smuggling available at East Sussex County Record Office.

* denotes documents photocopied for this photocopy kit.

SAYER MSS

*253-360 – John Collier letters.
996-1113 – William Cranston’s letters (Collier’s Deputy).
2244-2268 – Relating to the trial of Thomas Holman for murder (Holman was Collier and Cranston’s nephew).
3741-3744 – Tales of Smuggling in letters c1917.
3697-3710 – Letters to C L Sayer some connected with Smuggling c1903 – 06.
3738 – Tales of Sussex Smuggling.
*3779 – Newapaper article concerning Smuggling.
3783 – Kentish Times Newspaper 1740 including published letter from John Collier.
*3870-3871 – Transcripts of Collier letters by C L Sayer.
*3825 – Notes on principle provisions of the Smugglers Indemnity Act 1736.

MONKBRETTON MSS 1651-1697 – Letters of the Lamb Family of Rye with references to Smuggling 1821 – 31.

ASHBURNHAM MSS 3990-3993 – Ashburnham Parish pronouncements relating to contraband spirit and common carrying.

PEVENSEY PARISH 430 – Death while resisting arrest 1833.

ADD MSS 1879 – Schedule of Rye Goods at Eastbourne 1825.

RYE PARISH 467/1/1/8 – Search for Smugglers nnear Rye 1783.

WINCHELSEA CORP

  • MSS 283 Convictions of Smugglers 1820.-
  • 2026-2032 Depositions concerning Smugglers.

RYE CORP MSS 9/8-9-9/64 – Information’s, examinations and depositions concerning Smuggling in Rye.

Further Reading:

Sussex Smugglers Account Number 2040 – ESRO

Honest Thieves Account Number 1799 – ESRO

Smuggling Village (The story of Rottingdean)

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