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Pilchard Inn, Burgh Island, Devon | by Lincolnian (Brian) - BUSY, in and out
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Pilchard Inn, Burgh Island, Devon

The Pichard Inn on Burgh Island (here seen from on the island), often referred to as "part-time island" because as the tide recedes it leaves a causeway of golden sand, is said to date from 1336. It is thought that the island was at one time was inhabited by monks engaged in quiet contemplation and the brewing of mead and that the inn may well have been a lodging house for visitors to the monastry of which nothing remains. In the 18th century, smugglers and wreckers hid on the Island, secure for the time each day when the tides protected them from law enforcing excise men. The island was the smuggling domain of Tom Crocker who gave his name to a cave on the coast of the island, and spent most of the time when he wasn't at sea in the Pilchard Inn.

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Taken on September 6, 2009