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A bit about Rye
Rye is a small town and civil parish in the Rother District of East Sussex, with a population of 4,773 (2011 Census).
Often described as a tourist destination, Rye’s historical association with the sea has included providing ships for the service of the Crown in time of war and being involved in smuggling with the notorious Hawkhurst gang using its ancient inns of The Mermaid Inn and The Olde Bell Inn, believed to be connected to each other by a secret passageway.
Over the centuries, Rye has been an entrepot port, a naval base, a fishing port an agricultural centre and a market town, attracting tourists all over the world with shops, art galleries and restaurants. Rye is also known for its Oast Houses and since the second World War, has become a centre for ceramics.
Rye College and Rye Studio are the two secondary schools in Rye as well as Rye primary, adjacent to the secondary institution.
Places of worship include St Mary’s Parish Church, St Anthony of Padua’s Roman Catholic Church, a 1909 Baptist Chapel, former congregational and independent Churches and a Methodist Chapel.
Notable residents of Rye include comedian and writer Spike Milligan, musician and former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and British Actor Tom Baker, among many more.
Rye Town FC are the towns non-league football club, that play in the East Sussex Football League. Rye also has a rugby club, Rye RFC, who compete in the Sussex Intermediate League.