Smuggler's Rest

RedHillDigital

Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Smuggler’s Rest

Number of views as of 4th December 2017 = 975.

This is St Andrew’s Church, Kinson, Bournemouth, Dorset, England.

One of the oldest churches in the Bournemouth area, the tower is believed to date from Norman times, around 1100 A.D. and there may even have been a Saxon church on this site 150 years before that.

Although about 4 miles from the coast, the village of Kinson was once a haven for smugglers. This would have been in the early 1800s, long before nearby Bournemouth became a fashionable seaside resort or the large conurbation that it is today. St Andrew’s Parish Church is said to have been the centre of a network of underground tunnels, with the church tower used as a look-out post. Contraband may have been stored in the church tower, in the tunnels, or inside one or more ‘false tombs’ in the church yard.

Several of the graves in the church yard can be linked to smugglers.

Date: 15th April 2008.

Click here to see Holdenhust church

This shot was featured in the Historic Churches group.

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