National Geographic : 1935 Apr
Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams UP THIS CHIMNEY, MANY A SMUGGLER ESCAPED THE LAW Although it is said to be 400 years old, The Mermaid at Rye is a mere infant among English inns. Until the sea retreated and left far inland the former ally of the Cinque Ports (Sandwich, Dover, Hythe, Romney, and Hastings), this quaint hostelry was a meeting place for lawless enthusiasts who devised their own methods of free trade. In the heavy canopied beds of this inn are secret hiding places where the traveler concealed his valuables. Photograph byW. Robert Moore HERE DAVID COPPERFIELD FIRST SAW THE FAWNING URIAH HEEP The House of St. Agnes, inCanterbury, posed, folk say, for aword portrait by Charles Dickens: "Atlength we stopped before avery oldhouse ... with long, low, lattice-windows bulging out...and beams with carved heads on the ends . ..sothat Ifancied thewhole house was leaning forward, trying to see who was passing onthenarrow pavement below. The old-fashioned brass knocker onthelow, arched door twinkled like astar."