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Rye Town Information

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Mermaid Street, Rye - Photo © Cathy Cox
Mermaid Street, Rye - Photo: Cathy Cox CCL

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 pyramidal hill’.

A later occupant of the house was another writer, E. E. Benson (1867-1940), who became the local mayor.

Rye Tower - Photo © Kristin Webber
Rye Tower - Photo: Kristin Webber CCL