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18th century smuggler’s tunnel unearthed in Hastings

Sewer workers in Hastings, England, have stumbled across a smuggler’s tunnel which dates back to the 1700s.

Work was immediately stopped and experts from Archaeology South-East were called in and confirmed the find was likely to be a smugglers’ tunnel built in the early 18th Century and used to smuggle goods such as tea, tobacco, alcohol, silk and sugar – usually to avoid paying duty.

And, as well as the tunnel, diggers also uncovered a cannon ball and a piece of pottery from the Middle Iron Age.

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Story: Hastings Observer | Photo: Hastings Observer

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