A characterful harbour
town in East Sussex, Rye was an important
Channel port until the sea began to recede in
the 16th century.
It has some fine old buildings and a steep cobbled street leads the visitor unerringly to the Mermaid Inn.
The arcaded town hall dates from 1742.
The writer Henry James
(1843-1916) lived at Lamb House from 1898
until his death and described Rye as ‘the
little old cobble-stoned, grass grown,
red-roofed town, on the summit of its mildly
A later occupant of the house was another writer, E. E. Benson (1867-1940), who became the local mayor.