Mermaid Inn


The Mermaid Inn was used by the Hawkhurst gang of smugglers as a meeting place. Smuggling was financially rewarding, with so many people involved that at one time it was difficult to find enough men to work the land. When the Reverend John Wesley visited Rye in 1773, he wrote in his diary that he 'found abundance of good people willing to hear the good word... but they will not part with the accursed thing smuggling, so I fear, with regard to these, our labour will be in vain'.
excerpt from
Rye and the Cinque Ports

06 July 2001


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