Saturday, 1 November 2008
The Battle of Marsh Bay 1821
Marsh Bay in 1821, is St Mildreds Bay, Westgate as we know it today and was the scene of a battle between Smugglers and members of the Coastal Blockade. The most interesting thing about reading the article I have attached for downloading is that I have drawn the conclusion that smuggling in Thanet was on the same scale as smuggling in Cornwall. Yet not many people know about the History and what actually went on in Thanet. Most smuggling historic accounts tend to be folklore or as in the case of the battle of Marsh Bay when things go wrong and there are records of court cases and people are executed as a result.Then there are the romantic accounts of Joss Snelling and "lucky"Dick Ovenden which do seem to have a tourist appeal.
I was always impressed by the Smugggling Museum that was once at Bleak House which was a first class tourist atraction that was run a sucessful business tied in with the Bleak House Dickens Museum receiving no grants from the local authority to survive. Perhaps one day smuggling in Thanet will be revived as a tourist attraction, who knows.