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The Ypres Tower is one of two sites of Rye Castle Museum and is a grade I listed building, believed to have been built in 1249.  Exhibits in the tower include locally-made medieval pottery, an embroidery depicting many aspects of Rye life and history, medieval artefacts, activities and town maps.  From the balcony you can look over what was once one of the largest and most important harbours in the country. In the 16th century it was England’s seventh busiest port; now there is farmland where once there was sea.   The East Street Site of the museum is the main exhibit area for the Rye Castle Museum.