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IN THE ANCIENT TOWN OF RYE: MERMAID STREET AND THE LAND GATE

IN THE ANCIENT TOWN OF RYE: MERMAID STREET AND THE LAND GATE

To the original Five or Cinque Ports Rye was added in the twelfth century. Its men were of a rather piratical turn of mind and there was much bickering up and down the Channel with the French. The latter responded by landing in force in 1377 and again in 1448 and putting the inhabitants to the sword. At last the sea played the town false by retreating two miles. In Mermaid Street (bottom) one can see the charm of the place. The Land Gate (top), with grooves for a portcullis, is the last of the old gateways.

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