Walking the High Weald
SMUGGLER’S GRAVE: Burwash lay on a known smugglers route from Pevensey Bay to Hawkhurst and Groombridge and Burwash was a haven for smugglers.
If caught for this capital crime, the penalty was hanging with further damnation on being refused burial in Church Consecrated Ground. The smugglers were mostly heroes with the local villagers and a compromise was reached with The Revenue that allowed them to be buried in the graveyard with their headstones carved with the skull and cross bones.
No names were allowed but the smugglers emblems are still plain to see.
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