Rye Town History

The Story of  ‘Rye Royale’

The Story of  ‘Rye Royale’

A talk by Jo Kirkham at the East Street museum on February 9th Our first talk of 2017 can only be described as a tour de force: an outstanding example of how to present extensive research and knowledge on an enormous topic in such a clear and interesting way (including humour) that newcomers to Rye … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Talks, Rye Town History on 10th February 2017
Last updated: 11th February 2017



Fashion and Belief

Fashion and Belief

 ‘They tell  me they were in fashion last year’: The portrait of Two Sisters and Their Brother(Wharton children)  c1656 (artist unknown) is courtesy Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository Dr Danae Tankard of the University of Chichester (and the Weald and Downland Museum) provided a most informative and entertaining evening at East Street on Thursday, … read more …

First posted in Featured, Notable People, Rye Town History on 12th June 2016
Last updated: 12th June 2016



The Huguenots of Rye

The Huguenots of Rye

MASSACRE OF HUGUENOTS. The massacre of the Huguenots in Paris, France, on St. Bartholomew’s Day, 24 August 1572. The colour engraving by Granger is after the painting by Francois Dubois, a Huguenot eyewitness. The East Street Museum was packed on Tuesday afternoon, 14th July — every single seat that could be found was taken. The … read more …

First posted in Featured, Rye Town History on 15th July 2015
Last updated: 15th July 2015



Views from the Ypres Tower

Views from the Ypres Tower

Thanks to Clive Sawyer for permission to use his photos. On the balcony of the Ypres Tower are direction maps to help you understand what you are looking at: Romney Marsh?  the River Rother?  Rock Channel?  former shipbuilding sites?  the nearest wind farm? Rye Harbour? Camber? Dungeness?  France?  Here are some of the views.  Come … read more …

First posted in Featured, Rye Town History, Ypres Tower Posts on 8th March 2015
Last updated: 11th March 2015
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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



The French Connection

For the duration of the Rye Arts Festival (September 12 – 28), Rye Museum was able to display our valuable collection of paintings, old Rye documents and materials from Medieval and Tudor times illustrating the links between Rye and France. The display covered the period between the 11th and 13th centuries when Rye was owned … read more …

First posted in News, Past Events, Rye Town History on 13th October 2014
Last updated: 10th February 2017



Rye Schools of Yore

Rye Schools of Yore

The feature photo is of boys at the Mermaid Street School, early 1900s. Victorian and Edwardian Schooldays Peter Ewart returned to his boyhood town of Rye on Tuesday, 8th April, to delight and enlighten his audience at the East Street Museum with evocative photos and many a tale of schooldays of yore — with plenty … read more …

First posted in Past Talks, Rye Town History on 3rd April 2014
Last updated: 24th July 2014



Smuggling in Rye and on Romney Marsh

Smuggling in Rye and on Romney Marsh

A Brief History of  Local ‘Free Trade’ by Daphne Message Smuggling is known to have existed in the Rye area since the 13th Century, when Edward I introduced the Customs system.The earliest references to smuggling are a warrant in 1301 to search for wool, hides, bales and all other merchandise and persons attempting to export … read more …

First posted in Romney Marsh, Rye Town History, Rye Trades and Industries on 4th March 2014
Last updated: 2nd April 2014



Rye is unique: Another example

Rye is unique:  Another example

Rye Spirits: Faith, faction and fairies in a seventeenth century English town Talk 10th December by Annabel Gregory Annabel has done the most incredible amount of research on Rye during the 1500 and 1600s as is apparent in her book Rye Spirits (and also in her work as co-editor of Samuel Jeake’s  Astrological Diary).  Her talk gave … read more …

First posted in Past Talks, Rye Town History on 11th December 2013
Last updated: 14th March 2014
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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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