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Smugglers Tap, The Quay, Sandwich, Kent Postcode: CT13 9EN Phone number.

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Smugglers Tap
The Quay
CT13 9EN

Tel: 01304 615478

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    Smuggling is the clandestine transportation of goods or persons past a point where prohibited, such as out of a building, into a prison, or across an international border, in violation of applicable laws or other regulations.

    There are various motivations to smuggle. These include the participation in illegal trade, such as drugs, illegal immigration or emigration, tax evasion, providing contraband to a prison inmate, or the theft of the items being smuggled. Examples of non-financial motivations include bringing banned items past a security checkpoint (such as airline security) or the removal of classified documents from a government or corporate office.

    Smuggling in literature is a common theme, from Bizet''s Carmen to the James Bond books (and later films) Diamonds are Forever and Goldfinger.
    Smuggling has a long and controversial history, probably dating back to the first time at which duties were imposed in any form, or any attempt was made to prohibit a form of traffic.

    In England smuggling first became a recognised problem in the 13th century, following the creation of a national customs collection system by Edward I in 1275.[1] Medieval smuggling tended to focus on the export of highly taxed export goods notably wool and hides.[2] Merchants also, however, sometimes smuggled other goods to circumvent prohibitions or embargoes on particular trades. Grain, for instance, was usually prohibited from export, unless prices were low, because of fears that grain exports would raise the price of food in England and thus cause food shortages and / or civil unrest. Following the loss of Gascony to the French in 1453, imports of wine were also sometimes embargoed during wars to try and deprive the French of the revenues that could be earned from their main export. One study of smuggling in Bristol in the mid-16th century, based on the records of merchant-smugglers, has shown that the illicit export of goods like grain and leather represented a significant part of the city''s business, with many members of the civic elite engaging in it.[3] Grain smuggling by members of the civic elite, often working closely with corrupt customs officers, has also been shown to have been prevalent in East Anglia during the later 16th century.[4]

    In England wool continued to be smuggled to the continent in the 17th century, under the pressure of high excise taxes. In 1724 Daniel Defoe wrote of Lymington, Hampshire, on the south coast of England


    A tap is a valve (also called faucet and spigot in the U.S.) controlling release of liquids or gas. In the British Isles and most of the Commonwealth, the word is used for any everyday type of valve, particularly the fittings that control water supply to bathtubs and sinks. In the U.S., the term "tap" is more often used for beer taps, cut-in connections, or wiretapping. "Faucet" or "spigot" are more often used to refer to water valves, although this sense of "tap" is not uncommon, and the term "tap water" is the standard name for water from the faucet.
    1. tap, cut
    usage: cut a female screw thread with a tap
    2. tap, withdraw, draw, take out, draw off
    usage: draw from or dip into to get something; "tap one''s memory"; "tap a source of money"
    3. tap, tip, strike
    usage: strike lightly; "He tapped me on the shoulder"
    4. exploit, tap, use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ
    usage: draw from; make good use of; "we must exploit the resources we are given wisely"
    5. wiretap, tap, intercept, bug, listen in, eavesdrop
    usage: tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information; "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?"
    6. tap, supply, provide, render, furnish
    usage: furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it; "tap a cask of wine"
    7. tap, rap, knock, pink, sound, go
    usage: make light, repeated taps on a surface; "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"
    8. tap, walk
    usage: walk with a tapping sound
    9. tapdance, tap, dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
    usage: dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes; "Glover tapdances better than anybody"
    10. tap, draw, take out
    usage: draw (liquor) from a tap; "tap beer in a bar"
    11. tap, pierce
    usage: pierce in order to draw a liquid from; "tap a maple tree for its syrup"; "tap a keg of beer"
    12. solicit, beg, tap, request, bespeak, call for, quest
    usage: make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"

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