French Prisoners of War, Smugglers and Conspiracies

10 November 2021 19:30


“French Prisoners of War, Smugglers and Conspiracies”
an illustrated talk by Paul Chamberlain
10th November 2021
in the Mountford Rooms 1 and 2
Emsworth Community Centre,
North Street, Emsworth PO10 7DD.
Starting at 7.30pm, Doors oprenat 7.00pm

POWs marching into Salamanca picture 3 for talk on 10th November 2021

Paul is an author and historian specialising in the Napoleonic era. He is an authority on the prisoner of war period 1793 – 1815 and he was heavily involved in the Napoleonic Eagle restoration project at Norman Cross and the “Time Team” dig at the site in 2009. Many French prisoners of war were held in Hampshire Parole Depots in Odiham and Alresford and a number of them were aided in their escape by the smuggling gangs of the south coast.

The smugglers had a base in Gravelines, France where they worked with the French to carry tea, brandy, silks and spies across the Channel to England: and gold guineas, escaped prisoners of war, newspapers and “traitorous correspondence” in the other direction. This is a story of espionage, the threat of French landings around the British Isles, escapes of French prisoners and the activities of English smugglers. During the talk face masks should be worn.

Admission - members of Emsworth Maritime and Historical Trust £3.00 non members £4.00. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Emsworth Museum until 31st October (Saturdays 10.30am – 4.30pm and Sundays 2.30pm – 4.30pm) or at Bookends, 7 High Street, Emsworth. E.M. & H.T. talks are presented in accordance with current government Covid Guidelines and may be subject to cancellation or change at short notice.


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