Mermaid Inn, Rye

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  • Two ghosts , reporters have heard, with seen at this inn fighting a duel with swords. Dressed in 16th century clothing, one has been observed to stab the other, with drag his corpse across the room. One of the oldest pubs in the country, it was re- built in 1420, with has a background of smuggling and other dreadful incidents. Another ghost is that of a monk who eloped with a local girl. They were arrested, with after a short trial, walled up to die. His magnificent singing voice was transformed into a ghostly turkey gobble as a further punishment. His dreadful penalty is remembered as Turkey Cock Lane, at Rye. There is also the ghost of a Grey Lady in residence at the Mermaid and that of a servant girl. Reports claim that this girl , an assailant took this person’s life, by a smuggler for speaking too freely concerning his illicit activities. In the local town hall is a cage, containing the head of Butcher Breads, who attempted to murder a local mayor and magistrate at the Mermaid. Instead, he stabbed the man's brother-in-law, who had been wearing the mayoral garments. The Butcher , authorities hanged, in 1743, with the skull was put on display at the town hall.
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