Rye Trades and Industries

Smallhythe: Centre of Medieval Shipbuilding

Smallhythe: Centre of Medieval Shipbuilding

The featured photo, by Fred Walker, shows a medieval ship of a type produced at Smallhythe.  It appears on a stained glass window in the parish church of Smallhythe — and also on the cover of the newly published book From Ships to Sheep: the story of Smallhythe by Tony Buttler, Maurice Dalton, Susannah Mayor … read more …

First posted in Featured, Rye Trades and Industries, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 15th April 2016
Last updated: 28th April 2016



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 Pottery: nearly 250 years of collectability

Rye Pottery: nearly 250 years of collectability

By Tarquin & Biddy  Cole This is  the story of one of Rye’s most celebrated businesses. Its products are still sought after by British royalty and collectors worldwide. The Rye Pottery is well known today for a wide range of simply decorated pottery and latterly for figures, all of which have a unique style that has made them … read more …

First posted in Rye Trades and Industries on 13th February 2013
Last updated: 26th March 2013



The Model Maker

Tuesday, 13th December Toy Soldiers by Chris Viner Many people in Rye know that Chris Viner of Soldiers of Rye has an international reputation and customers worldwide for his military miniatures and models. Everyone who attended this talk now knows he is also a master storyteller who can teach while he entertains, and will have … read more …

First posted in Past Talks, Rye Trades and Industries on 15th December 2011
Last updated: 5th December 2012
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The George Hotel

The George Hotel

Slightly adapted from an article in Rye’s Own 161 (December 2007) Rye’s Oldest Coaching Inn by Gemma Pocock When I think of Christmas in Rye I always think of The George as this is where the lights are traditionally turned on and by who other than the big man him self, Father Christmas.  The George … read more …

First posted in Rye Buildings and Defences, Rye Trades and Industries on 22nd September 2010
Last updated: 28th November 2012
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Rye’s Inns, Tipplings and Alehouses

Rye’s Inns, Tipplings and Alehouses

NB: 12 November 2012: Just published is a comprehensive and illustrated history of Rye pubs which provides insights into other aspects of the town as well:  David Russell, The Pubs of Rye, East Sussex 1750-1950 Rye’s Inns and Alehouses by Frank Palmer Of the earliest Inns and Alehouses little or nothing is known and all … read more …

First posted in Rye Trades and Industries on 20th September 2010
Last updated: 6th May 2013
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Tunbridgeware

by Vivienne Challans Vivienne is the granddaughter of Thomas L. Green who produced Tunbridge ware at Rye Mosaics on Market Road This article appeared in RM&LHG Journal 61′ What is Tunbridgeware? The exact origins of Tunbridgeware are not well documented but it seems it was originally made by cabinet makers of Tonbridge before the springs … read more …

First posted in Rye Trades and Industries on 20th January 2010
Last updated: 8th 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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Potteries in Rye

Adapted from an article by David Sharp There have always been Potters in Rye and some examples of medieval Rye pottery can be seen in the Ypres Tower. (More recent examples are displayed at the East Street site.) Potters were again active in Rye during the eighteenth century and a brick works and pottery existed … read more …

First posted in Rye Trades and Industries on 30th October 2009
Last updated: 26th January 2013
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The Merrythought: promoter of Rye Pottery

The Merrythought: promoter of Rye Pottery

By Tarquin & Biddy Cole This article not only tells about the pottery business in Rye — of which Rye Pottery (founded 1869) is the survivor) but gives an insight into other aspects of the town’s history and the people who have lived and worked here. The Coles, it should be noted, have been good friends to … read more …

First posted in Rye Trades and Industries on 28th October 2009
Last updated: 12th February 2013
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