Surrounding Towns and Villages

Winchelsea Corporation and the Court Hall Museum

Winchelsea Corporation and  the Court Hall Museum

Our Sister Town and its Museum Out latest talk (October 14) at the East Street Museum featured our sister town of Winchelsea which, like Rye, became a Head Port within the Cinque Ports Federation toward the end of the 12th century. Unlike every other ‘unreformed’ medieval Municipal Corporation in England, however, Winchelsea’s Corporation has survived. … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 16th October 2014
Last updated: 16th October 2014
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History near you

History near you

The Ashburnham Family by Mary, Lady Ashburnham Talk on Tuesday, 9th September East Street Museum Photo:  Broomham Hall, now known as Buckswood School, was once the home of the Guestling branch of the Ashburnham family.  Founded in 1933, Buckswood moved to Guestling in the year 2000 and now has 250 international students from nearly 50 … read more …

First posted in Notable People, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 29th September 2014
Last updated: 30th November 2014



History around us

The Ashburnham Family by Mary, Lady Ashburnham A capacity audience gathered at the East Street Museum on Tuesday evening (9th September) to hear Mary, Lady Ashburnham age 90, raised in Udimore and now a Rye resident  tell us stories sad, amusing and instructive about the Ashburnham  family and its role in a thousand years of … read more …

First posted in Past Events, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 11th September 2014
Last updated: 11th September 2014



Royal Military Canal

Royal Military Canal

To the north of the Romney Marsh runs the 28 mile long Royal Military Canal.  It begins at Seabrook in Kent, passes through Hythe and Rye and continues to Cliff End.  Dug between 1804 and 1809 – by hand —  in the hope it would delay Napoleon’s march on London should he manage to invade, … read more …

First posted in Invasion Coast, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 27th January 2013
Last updated: 14th February 2013



Udimore Church

Udimore Church

Article contributed by Richard Holmes Photo of St Mary’s Church Udimore courtesy FamilySearch Research Wiki. History of Udimore Church Beginnings As historians believe that before the Norman Conquest there were no more than 400 parish churches in the whole of England, it does on the face of it seem unlikely that Udimore church was one … read more …

First posted in Surrounding Towns and Villages on 22nd October 2009
Last updated: 29th November 2012



Iden Mote

Iden Mote

 Photo  © Simon Carey and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence The photo shows all that remains of a castellated house built in 1284 by Edmund de Paseley. At one point it was owned by Alexander Iden who as Sherrif of Kent arrested Jake Cade during his rebellion against the policies of Henry … read more …

First posted in Surrounding Towns and Villages on 20th October 2009
Last updated: 29th November 2012
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Rye’s Harbour Today

Rye’s Harbour Today

Rye is still a small seaport. Its own harbour (as distinct from the community of Rye Harbour) is over a mile from the sea on the River Rother with moorings within the river system of the town. The River Rother is joined by the rivers Tillingham and Brede at Rock Channel. Use is restricted to … read more …

First posted in Rye Town History, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 14th February 2009
Last updated: 7th December 2012
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