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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



Old rural days brought to life

Old rural days brought to life

On Thursday February 11 Melvin Smith was at the East Street Museum to give a talk entitled “Old Rural Days” illustrated with photos taken from old postcards and many, many personal snapshots from his family album. He spoke about sheep-keeping, hop-picking, bicycling and other local traditions, some of which have gone forever. The images covered … read more …

First posted in East Street Posts, Featured, Local History, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 19th February 2016
Last updated: 19th February 2016



Talk 11/02/16 Old Rural Days

Talk 11/02/16 Old Rural Days

Melvin Smith is coming to remind us of some country skills and old rural ways in the Rye neighbourhood which many have forgotten (or never knew about).  Join us for an interesting evening.   There will be refreshments and a raffle too. Members£2.00  Guests £3.00  

First posted in Events Diary, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 28th January 2016
Last updated: 28th January 2016



Digging Up History

Digging Up History

Digging up new facts on history:  Conference on The Plague of 1665 7th November: East Street Museum This is the featured photo from the RyeNews article  on a fascinating day at the East Street Museum written by Seana Lanigan.  Click here for the full account — then you’ll probably want to go on to the … read more …

First posted in Featured, Invasion Coast, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 15th November 2015
Last updated: 15th November 2015



Between Rye and Kent

Between Rye and Kent

Dr Geoffrey Mead of the University of Sussex gave a lively talk Thursday night, November 12th, on the landscape East of Rye. Though many people think of Rye as directly bordering Kent, there’s a unique sliver of Sussex before the county line that is interesting both for its geography and its history. Originally part of … read more …

First posted in Featured, Invasion Coast, Maritime Rye, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 13th November 2015
Last updated: 13th November 2015



Found any antiquities lately?

Found any antiquities lately?

Our Latest Talk: The Portable Antiquities Scheme, : Finds in Kent and East Sussex by Jennifer Jackson. Tuesday 11th November Pictured is one of the Kent finds featured in a presentation by Jennifer during the 2014 Festival of Archaeology.  It is a small, early Medieval gold pendant  in the shape of a three-dimensional animal head, … read more …

First posted in Invasion Coast, Local History Research, News, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 12th November 2014
Last updated: 8th January 2015



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