Mermaid Inn
The Mermaid Inn, Rye

30"x20". Alkyd. 1990  

Rye, in Sussex, is one of the old Cinque Ports and is about ten miles from Hastings. It was a flourishing port in the 17th century but is now surrounded by salt marshes and is two miles inland. The Mermaid Inn is one of its most famous buildings. The original structure was destroyed in a French raid in 1377. It was rebuilt in 1420. The inn was the haunt of many smugglers, including the 18th century Hawkhurst Gang.

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