Finding real evidence of smuggling is difficult. The trial of Charles Carter in 1793 contained tantalising reports of spaces or caves which had been found under paving slabs underneath fishermen’s cellars. What could be more romantic?
But where we these caves? The obvious place to look was under John Carter’s (the self-styled ‘King of Prussia’s’) house in King’s Cove but analysis of some photographs from the early C20 suggest we have all been looking in the wrong place. The truth may have been hiding in plain sight.