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november 2018

14nov2:00 pmRadical History: Smuggling & Poaching in DorsetPart Of Bridlit Fringe Festival


Event Details

Bridlit Fringe 2018

Radical History: Smuggling & Poaching in Dorset

With Kev Davis & Steve Mills

Date & Time: Wednesday 14 November at 2pm

Venue: Bridport Museum, 25 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NR

Tickets: £5.00 available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre on 01308 424901 or online

Kev Davis and Steve Mills from the Bristol Radical History Group explore the history of smuggling and poaching in the area.
The session will look at the history of smuggling in Dorset and the government responses to it, and examine whether smugglers should be considered folk heroes and to what extent smuggling was a community enterprise.

It will also focus on poaching, known in some quarters as the 2nd oldest profession. Those who poached, whether they took game for the pot or to sell, were in direct competition with the landowners. Both sides used violence, guile and confederates. Large poaching gangs would come into conflict with small armies of well-paid gamekeepers.

STEVE MILLS is a local historian and researcher of the Kingswood Colliers and the Cock Rd. Gang. In his words “He is a West Ham United fan and will therefore receive preferential treatment.”

KEVIN DAVIS is an Easton Cowboy and refugee from Dorset. He claims to have left his life of wrecking and smuggling behind in his hometown of Poole. But who knows?

Steve and Kevin are involved with Bristol Radical History Group. It’s a collective that exists to open up some of the ‘hidden’ history of Bristol and the West Country to public scrutiny, and challenge some commonly held ideas about historical events. They write and publish pamphlets.


(Wednesday) 2:00 pm


Bridport Museum

Bridport, Dorset


Box Office01308 424901 Bridport Tourist Information, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3LF

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