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More on Medieval Rye

More on Medieval Rye

A Medieval Rye Walk Jean Floyd If you’ve read Jo Kirkham’s article on Norman and Medieval Times: 1066-1387 and would like to know more, here are some further snippets, many of them coming from notes made during a Medieval Rye walk with Jo. Overview Rye was once an island and has always been a port. … read more …

First posted in Invasion Coast, Rye Buildings and Defences, Rye Streets, Rye Town History on 13th October 2014
Last updated: 15th October 2014



Bonfire Nights in the 19th Century

Bonfire Nights in the 19th Century

Thousands of people came to Rye for the 2013 Bonfire Night: a big procession complete with dragon followed by boatburning and a huge firework display. Researched by ‘Rya’ (Kenneth Clark) and published in Rye ‘s Own, September 1999 Nights of Terror The commemoration of Guy Fawkes’ abortive attempt in 1605 to blow up the Parliament … read more …

First posted in Rye Streets, Rye Town History on 9th December 2013
Last updated: 12th January 2014
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Landgate Square

Landgate Square

Editor’s note: For a fascinating read about life on Hucksteps Row (off Church Square) and Landgate Square about 100 years ago, read Peter Ewart’s A Poor Man’s Rye. Ask for it at the desk of the Rye Library. By Peter Ewart The thoroughfare leading from Landgate Tower to the foot of Rye Hill has long … read more …

First posted in Rye Streets on 7th November 2010
Last updated: 2nd December 2012
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Watchbell Street

by Jean Floyd Once on Watchbell Street A visitor from the 1840s visiting Rye today would recognise much of it: the Landgate, the street pattern within the walls, Ypres Tower, the stone buildings that survived the fire of 1377, many of the houses, the cobbles, but oh, how much else has changed! Take Watchbell Street … read more …

First posted in Rye Streets on 5th November 2010
Last updated: 24th December 2012
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Mermaid Street 1891

Mermaid Street 1891

By Sheila Maddock with drawings by Brian Hargreaves A poor quarter This look at Mermaid Street is based on data from the 1891 census. It is known that at this period Mermaid Street was a run down area, and the fact that it led directly up from the Strand which was the main port area … read more …

First posted in Rye Streets on 3rd November 2010
Last updated: 3rd December 2012
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The Jeake Family and their Rye Residences

The Jeake Family and their Rye Residences

by John Burke Rye historian and novelist and father of Jenny Hadfield, one of the  proprietors of the present ‘Jeake’s House’. The First Jeakes of Rye Of Huguenot origin, the family’s first settler in Rye appears to have been a late 16th-century merchant, William Jeaque (a possible corruption of Jacques). His son Henry set up … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye, Notable People, Rye Buildings and Defences, Rye Streets, Rye Town History, Rye Trades and Industries on 1st November 2009
Last updated: 12th June 2016
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