Rye Town History

The Playden Barracks: An Update

Changing the local history record: Peter Challons’ talk on the Playden Barracks Peter Challons gave a talk entitled Playden Barracks: The Mystery Unfolds! at the Museum Thursday night, March 9th. Peter, an engineer, began his search for the real location of the Playden Barracks on the internet, which led him to the East Sussex Record … read more …

First posted in Past Talks, Rye Town History on 13th May 2017
Last updated: 13th May 2017



Rye Pottery and its Unsung Heroes

Rye Pottery and its Unsung Heroes

Every seat was taken at the East Street Museum on Thursday evening, April 13, for Josh Cole’s illustrated talk on Post War Rye Pottery and its Unsung Heroes and it is likely that visitor numbers to the Rye Pottery website and footfall to Rye Pottery itself in the Old Brewery on Wish Ward will both … read more …

First posted in East Street Posts, Featured, Past Talks, Rye Town History on 15th April 2017
Last updated: 24th April 2017



The Story of  ‘Rye Royale’

The Story of  ‘Rye Royale’

A talk by Jo Kirkham at the East Street museum on February 9th Our first talk of 2017 can only be described as a tour de force: an outstanding example of how to present extensive research and knowledge on an enormous topic in such a clear and interesting way (including humour) that newcomers to Rye … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Talks, Rye Town History on 10th February 2017
Last updated: 28th February 2017



Fashion and Belief

Fashion and Belief

 ‘They tell  me they were in fashion last year’: The portrait of Two Sisters and Their Brother(Wharton children)  c1656 (artist unknown) is courtesy Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository Dr Danae Tankard of the University of Chichester (and the Weald and Downland Museum) provided a most informative and entertaining evening at East Street on Thursday, … read more …

First posted in Featured, Notable People, Rye Town History on 12th June 2016
Last updated: 12th June 2016



The Huguenots of Rye

The Huguenots of Rye

MASSACRE OF HUGUENOTS. The massacre of the Huguenots in Paris, France, on St. Bartholomew’s Day, 24 August 1572. The colour engraving by Granger is after the painting by Francois Dubois, a Huguenot eyewitness. The East Street Museum was packed on Tuesday afternoon, 14th July — every single seat that could be found was taken. The … read more …

First posted in Featured, Rye Town History on 15th July 2015
Last updated: 15th July 2015



Views from the Ypres Tower

Views from the Ypres Tower

Thanks to Clive Sawyer for permission to use his photos. On the balcony of the Ypres Tower are direction maps to help you understand what you are looking at: Romney Marsh?  the River Rother?  Rock Channel?  former shipbuilding sites?  the nearest wind farm? Rye Harbour? Camber? Dungeness?  France?  Here are some of the views.  Come … read more …

First posted in Featured, Rye Town History, Ypres Tower Posts on 8th March 2015
Last updated: 11th March 2015
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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



The French Connection

For the duration of the Rye Arts Festival (September 12 – 28), Rye Museum was able to display our valuable collection of paintings, old Rye documents and materials from Medieval and Tudor times illustrating the links between Rye and France. The display covered the period between the 11th and 13th centuries when Rye was owned … read more …

First posted in News, Past Events, Rye Town History on 13th October 2014
Last updated: 10th February 2017



Rye Schools of Yore

Rye Schools of Yore

The feature photo is of boys at the Mermaid Street School, early 1900s. Victorian and Edwardian Schooldays Peter Ewart returned to his boyhood town of Rye on Tuesday, 8th April, to delight and enlighten his audience at the East Street Museum with evocative photos and many a tale of schooldays of yore — with plenty … read more …

First posted in Past Talks, Rye Town History on 3rd April 2014
Last updated: 24th July 2014



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