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Lead or Rumour info - Smugglers Tunnels - Benfleet, Essex

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by MattEssex, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. MattEssex

    MattEssex 28DL Member
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    Having spoken to various family members and researched in on the internet, they believe the smugglers tunnels still to be there.

    Does anybody no any think about these tunnels?

    Thanks


    Matt
     

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  2. paulpowers

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    to be where, it's a large area and the tunnels could be about 4 foot wide
     
  3. MattEssex

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    Thanks for the info cawkii,

    Have you heard of anyone capturing these tunnels before?
     
  4. pantomime horse

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    "Just as a point of interest... on the photograph showing the original building of the Hoy & Helmet Public House, with the tower of St. Mary's Church behind it... in the church graveyard there is (or used to be) a pirate's gravestone - actually carved with a skull and crossbones on it.

    skull and crossbones on a grave is just a sign of mortality.
    it has nothing to do with the corpse being a pirate.

    pirates took the skull and crossbones symbol for their flag to show they didn't fear death
     
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    Yeah digging up graves might not be the best idea
     
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    tampering with graves is really not a good idea

    unless you are an archeologist
     
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    Your new name is Goonie :p
     
  8. MattEssex

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    I will be going over to the church and the hoy and helmet this [REMOVED] weekend, not to dig up graves! Just to see if I can establish if there is still an entrance!

    I’ll keep you posted!

    Be careful about posting dates etc mate, anyone can be reading this
     
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    Be careful if any strangers ask if you want to meet "one eyed Willy" :p:
     
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    Sorry. Had to be done :thumb
     
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    " Do you dig graves ?"
    " yeah, they're alright "

    Neil, young ones 1982 ................
     
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    Pirates & Smugglers are two different things really, and while I can see the link with public houses, I cannot see why they lead to the church which agreed have different reasons to have tunnels! Was the church that dishonest that it did not want to pay duty on alter wine? LoL

    Why was a Pirate buried on land? Did he die of old age? as most seaman who died at sea were buried at sea.

    Just observations, not criticisms by the way...
     
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    I know alot about Canvey's history, and I've heard several rumors that a smugglers tunnel runs from the Lobster Smack pub (which was used by smugglers in the day) to Benfleet
     
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