Rye Buildings and Defences

Look Again at Buildings Around You

Look Again at Buildings Around You

The featured illustration, Mermaid Street by Brian Hargreaves,  is a splendid  example in our own town of Rye of varied vernacular building materials and styles.  Thanks to Joyce Hargreaves for permission to use it. Those fortunate enough to attend Dr Geoffrey Mead’s illustrated talk Hearth and Home: Sussex Building Materials and Styles on Thursday October 13th will henceforth … read more …

First posted in Featured, Maritime Rye, Rye Buildings and Defences on 16th October 2016
Last updated: 20th October 2016



Waterloo: Talk Oct 8th: Chris Viner

Waterloo: Talk Oct 8th: Chris Viner

The special Waterloo Exhibition continues and Chris Viner is our next speaker  —  on Napoleon!   Thursday, 8h October 7:30, East Street The special exhibition mounted for the duration of the Rye Arts Festival will remain at East Street for most of October and may be viewed during the next weekends.  Chris Viner’s model soldiers depicting … read more …

First posted in East Street Posts, Events Diary, Invasion Coast, Rye Buildings and Defences on 17th September 2015
Last updated: 30th September 2015



More on Medieval Rye

More on Medieval Rye

Rye was once an island and has always been a port. The Romans exported iron from Rye. Over the years it emerged as a port of increasing importance. It was involved in fishing, shipbuilding, trade:- fish, timber, wool, wine, luxury goods. . . . Rye was a royal dockyard and shipyard, the naval base for … read more …

First posted in Invasion Coast, Rye Buildings and Defences, Rye Streets, Rye Town History on 13th October 2014
Last updated: 20th April 2017



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



Rye’s Buildings: Introduction

Almost every building in Rye has a fascinating history! Many have parts from two or three different centuries–a 14th century cellar under a 19th century rebuild, a Tudor house behind a Georgian facade…. A shop or school may now be a house, a warehouse a restaurant or part of the Museum. As population pressure has … read more …

First posted in Rye Buildings and Defences on 30th November 2012
Last updated: 13th February 2013



The History of Rye Castle Museum

The History of Rye Castle Museum

by Allan Downend, slightly adapted from the booklet An Introduction to Rye Castle Museum ( 1999) with some additional information from Geoffrey S Bagley and from Kenneth M Clark The Story of the Ypres Tower and Rye Museum (1975).  The water colour is by the early 19th century artist W.H.  Borrow. The idea of using … read more …

First posted in Rye Buildings and Defences, Rye Museum Story on 23rd November 2012
Last updated: 12th December 2013
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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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Flushing Inn

Flushing Inn

Why ‘Flushing’? There are several theories as to the origin of the name. The most likely is that the street outside (Market Street) used to be known as ‘The Butchery’ and the old English word for a butcher was a “flesher”. The original Fleshers Inn, it is thought, became corrupted to Flushing Inn. The Building … read more …

First posted in Rye Buildings and Defences on 20th September 2010
Last updated: 21st January 2013
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Lamb House, Henry James and E F Benson

Lamb House, Henry James and E F Benson

Home of Henry James and E F. Benson The Lamb family were the greatest power in Rye for 250 years but their house is probably more famous as the home of the expatriate American writer Henry James and later, the writer E.F. Benson.  It is a modest brick-fronted Georgian house completed by James Lamb in … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye, Rye Buildings and Defences on 12th September 2010
Last updated: 14th February 2014
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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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