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The Red Lion pub during the 1860s

The Red Lion public house in Lion Street was a famous Rye pub from the 1500s.BEERTOP

Its tap bar was popular with smugglers, highwaymen and sailors, among others.

But the pub was destroyed in a terrible fire in 1872. The following report appeared in the Sussex Express on November 16 1849, when the Red Lion was in its heyday:

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The Pubs of Rye, 1750-1950, by David Russell, is available in Rye from the Heritage Centre, Adams, the Queen Adelaide, or online.