Kev Davis and Steve Mills from the Bristol Radical History Group explore the history of smuggling and poaching in the Dorset area and the government responses to it.
Examine whether smugglers should be considered folk heroes and to what extent smuggling was a community enterprise.
Did you know poachers in some quarters are seen as the 2nd oldest professionals? Who are they? did they take game for the pot or to sell? were they in direct competition with the landowners?
Both sides used violence, guile and confederates with large poaching gangs coming 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.
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