Once surrounded by sea, the town of Rye clusters up a hill, where buildings date back to medieval times and is a place full of secrets from the past.
There's a pub still in operation that was once visited by Elizabeth I, called The Mermaid Inn (a notorious haunt for smugglers) and houses have whimsical names such as The House Opposite and The House With Two Front Doors.
|~ The House With Two Front Doors ~|
|~ Oak plank from 15th Century prison door, Rye ~|
|~ View from the Mermaid Inn ~|
|~ Rye, Sussex ~|
Although the sea now lies two miles away, when it was on the coast, it played a key role in defence against neighbouring countries France and Spain and was made a Cinque Port in 1336 in recognition of this. This meant it became one of a group of ports along the south coast that received privileges including exemption from tax, in return for maintaining ships for defence.
|~ 85 High Street, Rye, Sussex ~|
|~ St Mary's and Simon the Pieman ~|
Although the sea is no longer close by, Rye is still surrounded by water from three different rivers, the Tillingham, Brede and Rother. We walked along the side of one of them, the Tillingham and passed the picturesque Rye white smock windmill. Now a Bed and Breakfast, a Windmill has been on this site since the sixteenth century. Turned into a bakery in 1912 it eventually became a B and B in 1984.
|~ Rye Windmill ~|
|~ The Old Bell Inn ~|
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