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.