Maritime Rye

Look Again at Buildings Around You

Look Again at Buildings Around You

The featured illustration, Mermaid Street by Brian Hargreaves,  is a splendid  example in our own town of Rye of varied vernacular building materials and styles.  Thanks to Joyce Hargreaves for permission to use it. Those fortunate enough to attend Dr Geoffrey Mead’s illustrated talk Hearth and Home: Sussex Building Materials and Styles on Thursday October 13th will henceforth … read more …

First posted in Featured, Maritime Rye, Rye Buildings and Defences on 16th October 2016
Last updated: 20th October 2016



Between Rye and Kent

Between Rye and Kent

Dr Geoffrey Mead of the University of Sussex gave a lively talk Thursday night, November 12th, on the landscape East of Rye. Though many people think of Rye as directly bordering Kent, there’s a unique sliver of Sussex before the county line that is interesting both for its geography and its history. Originally part of … read more …

First posted in Featured, Invasion Coast, Maritime Rye, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 13th November 2015
Last updated: 13th November 2015



Shipbroking

Shipbroking

by Jo Kirkham, based on a talk given to Rye Local History Group by Mr Don Bentley in 2004. The Story of Seacon Don Bentley moved to Rye in 1972 and established Freight-Express Seacon , based first at the Custom House at 7 High Street, Rye, in 1974. The firm later moved to Market Street, … read more …

First posted in Maritime Rye on 6th October 2012
Last updated: 2nd December 2012
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A Modern Day Camber Shipwreck

Tuesday, 11th October, East Street Menaa Star: The Story of a Local Shipwreck by Carl Bagwell We are accustomed to learning about shipwrecks of Rye’s past — those built in Rye which met misfortune, or those lost off our coast. This was a much more recent story. The Danish Menaa Star successfully unloaded timber from … read more …

First posted in Maritime Rye, Past Talks on 13th October 2011
Last updated: 6th December 2012



Historic Shipwrecks

Historic Shipwrecks

The shipwreck details and pictures are taken from Peter Marsden’s booklet The Historic Shipwrecks of South East England. The booklet is available from The Shipwreck Museum, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, Sussex. TN34 3DW. Tel: 0142 4437452 Shipwrecks as History One of the greatest known concentrations of historic sunken ships lies off the shore of south-east England, … read more …

First posted in Maritime Rye on 4th October 2009
Last updated: 7th December 2012
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Shipbuilding

Rye’s Shipbuilding Industry Text slightly adapted from an article by  John Collard (1998) Rise to Importance The shipbuilding industry in Rye and the estuary of the River Rother, together with the manifold trades required to meet maritime requirements, has for centuries undergone phases of boom and depression. Its varying fortunes have been brought about or … read more …

First posted in Maritime Rye on 2nd October 2009
Last updated: 6th December 2012
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HMS Rye, Minesweeper

HMS Rye, Minesweeper

This article by Stuart Osmer commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the presentation of the Ensign of HMS Rye to the town and its dedication in St Mary’s Church, Rye, in 1946. The life of HMS Rye HMS Rye was a Turbine Type, Bangor Class Fleet Minesweeper, built by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company Ltd., Troon , … read more …

First posted in Maritime Rye on 10th July 2008
Last updated: 27th November 2012