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In Rye, the old town's entrance is Land Gate, where a single lane of traffic passes between massive, 12m-high (40-ft.) stone towers. The top of the gate has holes through which boiling oil used to be poured on unwelcome visitors, such as French raiding parties.

Rye has had potteries for centuries, and today is no exception, with a number of outlets in town. The best potteries include Rye Pottery, Wishward Street (tel. 01797/223038; www.ryepottery.co.uk), and David Sharp Ceramics, the Mint (tel. 01797/222620; www.davidsharppottery.com). The town also abounds in antiques and collectibles shops and new and used bookstores.

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