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Robin Hoods Bay 4/7

As with all such tourist places there is a delightful selection of shops to browse and spend money in, and of course a fine looking pub where one can quench ones thirst.  We didn't go in, although it would have been nice to sample a pint of Theakston's once again.

 

The town, which consists of a maze of tiny streets, has a tradition of smuggling, and there is reputed to be a network of subterranean passageways linking the houses. During the late 18th century smuggling was rife on the Yorkshire coast. Vessels from the continent brought contraband, which was distributed by contacts on land, and the operations were financed by syndicates who made profits without the risks taken by the seamen and the villagers. Tea, gin, rum, brandy and tobacco were among the contraband smuggled into Yorkshire from the Netherlands and France to avoid the duty.

In 1773 two excise cutters, the Mermaid and the Eagle, were outgunned and chased out of the bay by three smuggling vessels, a schooner and two shallops. A pitched battle between smugglers and excise men took place in the dock over 200 casks of brandy and geneva (gin) and 15 bags of tea in 1779.


 

DUDLEY IMAGE ALERT!

 

I can't work out how to include pictures in this area but the link will take you to moreshots from our meet at the Black Country Museum in the English Midlands on Sunday.


http://brianaw.shutterchance.com/photoblog/379375.htm

 

 

 

Robin Hoods Bay 4/7

As with all such tourist places there is a delightful selection of shops to browse and spend money in, and of course a fine looking pub where one can quench ones thirst.  We didn't go in, although it would have been nice to sample a pint of Theakston's once again.

 

The town, which consists of a maze of tiny streets, has a tradition of smuggling, and there is reputed to be a network of subterranean passageways linking the houses. During the late 18th century smuggling was rife on the Yorkshire coast. Vessels from the continent brought contraband, which was distributed by contacts on land, and the operations were financed by syndicates who made profits without the risks taken by the seamen and the villagers. Tea, gin, rum, brandy and tobacco were among the contraband smuggled into Yorkshire from the Netherlands and France to avoid the duty.

In 1773 two excise cutters, the Mermaid and the Eagle, were outgunned and chased out of the bay by three smuggling vessels, a schooner and two shallops. A pitched battle between smugglers and excise men took place in the dock over 200 casks of brandy and geneva (gin) and 15 bags of tea in 1779.


 

DUDLEY IMAGE ALERT!

 

I can't work out how to include pictures in this area but the link will take you to moreshots from our meet at the Black Country Museum in the English Midlands on Sunday.


http://brianaw.shutterchance.com/photoblog/379375.htm

 

 

 

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Sep 2011, 00:34
And, how was the Ye Dolphin, Brian?
Brian Walbey: I must admit to not trying the Dolphin Ray, but Theakstons is always a fine beer, I can tell you that from experience.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Sep 2011, 00:39
Clearly the copper has identified this bunch as a gang of Grey Haired Looters and Loiterers, and he is nabbing them for Disturbing the Sunday Peace.
Brian Walbey: Lol. This chap was a real wag and kept the Fish and Chip queue, where we were, in fits of laughter.
I am just loving this series of collages on Robin Hoods Bay Brian... and your descriptions....i am looking forward to the next three....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter, I'm so glad you are enjoying this series.
By the way Brian you said on your link to DUDLEY IMAGE ALERT! that "Les doffs his famous hat to Ginnie".... well i will have you know that i have one the same but much more tattered.... it is a Tilley Hat and the original ones are Made in Canada.... that is why it is famous....right!!grin....petersmile
Brian Walbey: I wonder if Les knows that Peter, one learns something new every day on SC.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Sep 2011, 08:20
I aught to go here Brian: it sounds a charming place. Love the Dudley pictures
Brian Walbey: There are plenty of places to enjoy on the North Yorks.Coast Chris, even parts of Scarborough are fairly reasonable to visit.
  • Chantal
  • Germany
  • 8 Sep 2011, 08:42
seems like a nice town to visit for tourists
Brian Walbey: It is a great place with photos galore Chantal.
Another nice set Brian. I like the shot of the pub.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frances.
That guy in the red anorack should know better than wear cut-offs and the white socks aren't too clever either.
Brian Walbey: I never have seen the sense in these cut-off trousers, even young people look daft, let alone we of more senior years like this chap.
Nice assemblage, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom.
Looks like a wonderful place to visit, Brian! Excellent montage! wink
Brian Walbey: It is a very popular spot on the tourist trail Sue.
Nice trio again Brian and the Dudley pics are great fun!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill.
Wondered why a couple of Shutterchancers were getting booked on the link picture, respect man smile
Brian Walbey: The policeman fellow was quite a wag John, the paper has a very rudimentary wanted poster drawn on it and he was asking us if we had seen the man depicted on it.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 8 Sep 2011, 15:58
That poor man in the left hand picture, his trousers have shrunk.
Brian Walbey: Why do men of senior years wear this stuff Chad, indeed why does anybody wear them?
Spending money in the shops is the problem with these quaint little villages, I find. In fact shopping on the whole is a problem! Great collection on picx though.

Today's collection of pictures of the meet-up is also very good. I almost feel that I know you all.
Brian Walbey: Yes but of course it is tourists like us who keep these little shops going, I guess they must struggle during the winter though.
Thoroughly enjoyable tour of the North Yorkshire coast, Brian. Many memories.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Graeme.

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