Above: Jack Rattenbury seen in East Budleigh's The Rolle Arms with, left, Fairlynch Museum Chairman Roger Sherriff
Several local people have reported that Jack Rattenbury was seen recently at the Rolle Arms in
For many years Rattenbury was the bane of Customs and Excise men. Although not a Budleigh man - he was actually born in Beer,
Rattenbury had many other hair-raising adventures during his smuggling career which lasted, so he says, for another 15 years. At that point, reflecting that he had made little money from his illegal trading trips, he accepted a pension from local landowner Lord Rolle of a shilling a week. He died in 1844 and is buried in Seaton churchyard.
Do visit the Smugglers’ Cellar at Fairlynch Museum, say hello to our life-size version version of Jack Rattenbury created by talented Budleigh artist and designer Neil Rogers
http://www.nr-artworks.co.uk/ and learn about the history of the age-old tradition of smuggling in East Devon. And if you feel like raising a glass in his memory he’d be pleased if it was a pint of Lyme Bay Winery’s award-winning Jack Ratt scrumpy cider named after this great