Video: The Smugglers Headquarters

Richard Vobes is the Bald Explorer and in this short clip he visits the Oak and Ivy pub in Hawkhurst in Kent.Back in the 1740’s it was the den of the notorious Hawkhurst Gang, a large and violent bunch of smugglers who arranged and oversaw the illicit bringing in of contraband on the Romney Marshes and the transportation of the luxury goods to London.

You crossed the gang at your peril as they were known for murder and brutality among other things.

The pub is now a family friendly venue with some great beer, super food and a very friendly landlord. Check it out at http://www.theoakandivy.co.uk


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About Richard Vobes

Richard Vobes is traveling Great Britain seeking out its history, customs and traditions, presenting them in a fun filled informative series called the Bald Explorer. Richard is an award winning podcaster, videographer and actor based in Worthing, England. Follow +RichardVobes on Google+

4 Responses to “Video: The Smugglers Headquarters”

  1. Richard – great looking pub! You might want to edit out the expression “70% proof” though as to the best of my knowledge there is no such thing!

    It is either 70 proof – which translates to 35% alcohol, or it is actually 70% alcohol – which translates to 140 proof!

    Yes , I know, just being picky ! Sometimes I can’t help myself!

  2. Yes, I think it is 70% proof.

  3. Hi again Richard,

    Definition differs between UK and North America, but
    neither is termed ” % proof!”

    You either state the drink’s % ABV, or you state its “Proof, ” which is a different figure. Proof is 7/4 x %ABV in UK, and is
    2 x %ABV in US, and I believe also in Canada.

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_proof

    Brian.

  4. It sure is an interesting topic. The old English of the 1740’s which is the period I am looking at referred to the smugglers having drinks like brandy at 70% proof and then letting it down with water.

    Terms may well have changed since then.