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History of Joss Bay

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.