RYE has been named as one of the best places to live in the UK according to the Sunday Times newspaper.
The town was ranked alongside Lewes in the Best Places to Live in Britain supplement, published in Sunday’s edition.
Rye and Lewes were the only two towns in Sussex to make the grade.
Fourteen towns from the South East were featured on the list from counties such as Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
They included Henley on Thames and Windsor.
The guide combines data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance, and the places selected offer the best quality of life to the widest number of people.
The tough criteria meant that even towns such as Bath missed out from being named.
Councillor Keith Glazier, leader of East Sussex District Council, who is from the Rye, said: “I am pleased that the rest of the world has caught up with something I have known all my life. It is the people of Rye who really help to make it so special.”
The Times’ home editor, Helen Davies, said: “The Best Places guide is dedicated to celebrating Britain’s abundance of great cities, towns and villages.
“We combine in-depth data with first-hand personal experience to produce an authoritative list.
“There are lots of places across Britain that are worth celebrating, and everyone has different priorities, so this year our supplements cover everything from the countryside to inner-cities.”