Once goods were brought ashore, smugglers had to solve the problem of where to hide them.
Simply digging a hole in the sand would not provide the answer. The (Customs) Excise Men would be trying their hardest to seek these valuable items. (A game of hide and seek.
In some costal areas such as Mullion Cove in Cornwall and St. Clement's near Hastings caves were used to stash the contraband.
Reports also suggest that complex systems of tunnels were created, but this would have required engineering skills along with hours and hours of hard manual work.
There are many examples of pubs, churches, barns and other building which were situated near the coast being used as 'Tab Holes' (hiding places.) The Three Mariners Inn in Scarborough on the North Yorkshire Coast has at least 26 concealed cupboards (some with false floor!) an underground passage to provide a quick get a way! Rumours abound that a ghost keeps a look out to protect the smugglers.
Authors Ian and Marie.