Invasion Coast

Talk: Rye’s Invasion Coast – 14th May

Talk: Rye’s Invasion Coast – 14th May

Rye’s long history of invasion threats Tuesday, 14th May Talk: East Street, 7:30 p.m. prompt Rye’s Invasion Coast by Jo Kirkham In her illustrated talk, our chairman, historian Jo Kirkham, will remind us of the vital role which Rye and it’s surrounding area have played in the defence of the realm over many centuries. There … read more …

First posted in Events Diary, Invasion Coast, News on 29th April 2013
Last updated: 30th May 2013



Discovery Day on World War II

Discovery Day on World War II

 The next Discovery Day is on 28th May when the theme will be Smuggling.  Watch this space! Children in World War II     The children who attended the April 9th Discovery Day were first issued with an evacuation name label and a gas mask — to be kept with them at all times in … read more …

First posted in Children at the Museum, Invasion Coast, WACOR on 11th April 2013
Last updated: 23rd May 2013



From our collection: Rye Volunteers’ Uniforms

From our collection: Rye Volunteers’ Uniforms

Rye and Cinque Ports Volunteers Among the prize exhibits in the Ypres Tower are uniforms worn by Rye Volunteers in the period of the American and French Revolutions, 1794 – 1807.  During these years many volunteer corps were raised and put on Army pay, providing a valuable source of trained officers and men for the Volunteer … read more …

First posted in Invasion Coast, Ypres Tower Posts on 24th March 2013
Last updated: 5th May 2013



Camber Castle

Camber Castle

Camber Castle lies between Rye and Winchelsea (2 km from each) and is a favourite walking destination for Ryers and visitors alike. Incorporating an early 14th century circular tower built by Sir Edward Guldeford it was built under the orders of Henry VIII after a treaty in 1538 between France and Spain made England more … read more …

First posted in Invasion Coast, Rye Buildings and Defences on 31st January 2013
Last updated: 21st February 2013



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



The Gun Garden Story

The Gun Garden Story

  The Ypres Tower’s Surrounds (The feature photo is © Copyright Malc McDonald and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence) • What we now know as Ypres Tower (13th century) was the sole defence of Rye until Edward III gave successive grants for the building of stone walls and gates. Even these additional … read more …

First posted in Featured, Invasion Coast, Rye Buildings and Defences on 10th September 2010
Last updated: 16th January 2014
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Late Victorian and 20th Century Wars

by Jo Kirkham Rye’s Participation in the Boer War and the First World War 1885-1899 Col. Brookfield became MP for the Borough of Rye in 1885 and took over command of the Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers (1st Battalion). He immediately formed a Rye company: the E Company 1st Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers (Brookfield’s Greys). This … read more …

First posted in Invasion Coast on 18th September 2009
Last updated: 27th November 2012
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18th Century Threats and Responses

18th Century Threats and Responses

You can learn about this and other periods of Rye’s long history on 14th May when Jo Kirkham talks on Rye’s Invasion Coast.  East Street Museum 7:30. See Events box. Threats and Rye’s Responses in the 18th Century by Jo Kirkham  1739 A new war began, this time against Spain. Then France joined in on … read more …

First posted in Invasion Coast on 12th September 2009
Last updated: 8th June 2013
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Tudor and Stuart Times: 1485-1714

Tudor and Stuart Times: 1485-1714

by Jo Kirkham With grateful acknowledgement to Dr. Graham Mayhew whose study of Rye provided much of the information. Rye in Tudor Times In Tudor Times, the traditional Cinque Ports Service of troop carrying was not as important as it had been previously, but it still went on, as did impressment for soldiers. But the … read more …

First posted in Invasion Coast, Rye Town History on 10th September 2009
Last updated: 3rd December 2012
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The Saxons, Vikings and Danes (4th C to 1066)

The Saxons, Vikings and Danes  (4th C to 1066)

by Jo Kirkham The Dark Ages In the late 4th century, the Romans had brought in mercenaries and their families to bolster the defence of Britain when the legions were being withdrawn. By the mid 5th century, they had been joined by further waves of Germanic immigrants. Some were invited by the British to help … read more …

First posted in Invasion Coast on 6th September 2009
Last updated: 27th November 2012
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