Rye’s Harbour

Decline of Rye’s Harbour

Decline of Rye’s Harbour

Why did it decline? In the 13th century there occurred a series of violent storms spread over 100 years. These storms destroyed the town and port of Old Winchelsea that stood south of Rye (a site probably about half a mile out to sea); this was to the advantage of Rye. The shore line disintegrated … read more …

First posted in Rye's Harbour on 12th February 2009
Last updated: 28th November 2012
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Rye’s Harbour in the 19th Century

Rye’s Harbour in the 19th Century

Impact of the railway The arrival of the railway captured much sea trade but Rye’s river barge and Kent coast trade were able to continue for some time. The first railway to Rye was a single track line, carrying the Lord Mayor of London on a visit to Rye in May 1850. The railway was … read more …

First posted in Rye Trades and Industries, Rye's Harbour on 10th February 2009
Last updated: 28th November 2012
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Smeaton’s Harbour

Smeaton’s Harbour

This prize-winning photo of the remains of Smeaton’s Harbour is by Kevin Bailey (courtesy of The White horse Photography Club – www.whitehorsephotographyclub.co.uk). An Unfair Name Smeaton’s Harbour is a modern but misleading (and unfair) name for the New Harbour of Rye, an expensive 18th century project which aimed to join the waters of the Rother, Tillingham … read more …

First posted in Rye's Harbour on 9th February 2009
Last updated: 4th March 2013
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Rye’s Harbour in Tudor Times

Rye’s Harbour in Tudor Times

Map photo courtesy  Walktheworld (Royal Geographical Society) Note:  this series of articles are about the old port of Rye at the confluence of the Rother, Tillingham and Brede Rivers.  Rye Harbour is a separate community nearer the sea developed in the 19th century. A Port of 300 Ships By Tudor Times (1485-1603), Rye had a … read more …

First posted in Rye's Harbour on 6th February 2009
Last updated: 28th November 2012
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Rye’s Harbour in Medieval TImes

Rye’s Harbour in Medieval TImes

With thanks to Winchelsea Community Office (www.winchelsea.net)  for the map showing medieval Rye Bay. Note that the  articles in this series are about the old port of Rye at the confluence of the Rother, Tillingham and Brede Rivers.  Rye Harbour is a separate community nearer the sea developed in the 19th century. Before Richard II … read more …

First posted in Rye's Harbour on 4th February 2009
Last updated: 28th November 2012
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History of Rye’s Harbour

History of Rye’s Harbour

NB: Rye is approximately two miles from the sea, at the confluence of three rivers–the Rother, the Tillingham and the Brede.  In these articles ‘Rye’s harbour’ refers to the waterways immediately surrounding the town and should not be confused with the community of  Rye Harbour established closer to the sea in the early 19th century. … read more …

First posted in Rye's Harbour on 2nd February 2009
Last updated: 7th December 2012
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