is a small town in East Sussex, England, which stands
approximately two miles from the open sea and is at the confluence of three
rivers: the Rother, the Tillingham and the Brede. In medieval times, however,
as an important member of the Cinque Ports confederation, it was at the head of
an embayment of the English Channel and almost entirely surrounded by the sea.
Rye is officially a civil parish but with its historic roots has the status
of a town; at the 2001 census it had a population of 4009. During its history
its association with the sea has included providing ships for the service of