16th May 1834 - contraband seized near Harnham Cliff

In the words of T J Northey ‘On May 16th 1834, a cart containing eleven packages of tobacco, and the same number of tubs of contraband spirit, were seized near Harnham Cliff.[1]

Smuggling was of course a big business throughout Wiltshire - the nickname ‘Moonrakers’ is associated with smuggling.

Footnotes

[1] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.

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