This area has seen a lot of smuggling activity in the past. East Budleigh acted as the headquarters of a smuggling gang courtesy of the enthusiastic collusion of two local vicars who offered out the vicarage to local people wishing to indulge in “free trading”. One of these people had taken on the identity of the late wife of one of the vicars, relying on stories of appearances by her ghost to keep people away from the vicarage after dark, so that smuggling operations could be planned without interruption.
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Map of the area.
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