Joss bay comes from the notorious smuggler Joss Snelling (1741 – 1827) – although,
no factual evidence - who operated in the area, until late into his life. At age
89, he received a fine of £100 for smuggling, and although his contemporaries received
harsher sentences, Snelling managed to evade capture. He achieved celebrity status
- even introduced to Princess Victoria as the famous Broadstairs smuggler. Joss Snelling
died in 1837 aged 96.