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James Pettit

Jevington was well known for its smuggling connections with a smuggler James Pettit known as "Jevington Jigg" organising the smuggling in the local area. The gang offloaded at nearby Birling Gap and Crowlink , and brought the contraband up the valleys to Jevington where they were stored in the cellar of the Rectory and in the inn. Pettit was the local innkeeper and leader of the local gang in the 1780's . As a criminal he seemed to be interested in both smuggling and horse thieving as he was imprisoned at Battle , Horsham and East Grinstead . In 1799 he was convicted of horse thieving and was deported to Botany Bay.

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