Rye Town History

Rye is unique: Another example

Rye is unique:  Another example

Rye Spirits: Faith, faction and fairies in a seventeenth century English town Talk 10th December by Annabel Gregory Annabel has done the most incredible amount of research on Rye during the 1500 and 1600s as is apparent in her book Rye Spirits (and also in her work as co-editor of Samuel Jeake’s  Astrological Diary).  Her talk gave … read more …

First posted in Past Talks, Rye Town History on 11th December 2013
Last updated: 14th March 2014
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Bonfire Nights in the 19th Century

Bonfire Nights in the 19th Century

Nights of Terror: The commemoration of Guy Fawkes’ abortive attempt in 1605 to blow up the Parliament buildings with the King, Lords and Commons in them, has persisted for so long that it deserves to rank among the historic features of the town, although the date on which it was first celebrated is not known … read more …

First posted in Rye Streets, Rye Town History on 9th December 2013
Last updated: 20th April 2017
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Plague, Death and the Transit of Venus: Talk 25th Nov.

Plague, Death and the Transit of Venus: Talk 25th Nov.

How Rye Museum’s archives contributed to a speaker’s PhD (The  feature photo shows Rye Museum Association chairman Jo Kirkham with our speaker, Dr Donna Bilak.) Dr Donna Bilak returned once again  to relay more of her fascinating research findings about leading Rye intellectuals of the 17th century to  a filled East Street Museum at an ‘extra’ … read more …

First posted in Notable People, Past Talks, Rye Town History on 27th November 2013
Last updated: 11th December 2013
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Award for Rye Heritage Centre

Award for Rye Heritage Centre

International recognition for a key Rye Museum supporter Ryers know what an outstanding job the friendly and capable staff of the Rye Heritage Centre do in promoting the town. Many of the visitors to the Museum, British and international, and many of the school parties, have been guided to us  by the Heritage Centre — … read more …

First posted in News, Rye Town History on 4th June 2013
Last updated: 4th August 2013



Rye Workhouses

Rye Workhouses

This photo of Rye’s last workhouse appears on the website Workhouses  to which Alan Dickinson, Nick Chillingworth and the late Les Bearman all contributed.   Rye’s second workhouse, originally located near the Ypres Castle, was relocated when it was decided to provide for several parishes in one place. A purpose-built workhouse accommodating 436 ‘inmates’ opened … read more …

First posted in Rye Town History on 20th November 2012
Last updated: 3rd February 2016



Early Schools of Rye

Shown are boys of the Mermaid Street school with their schoolmasters,  the former Lion Street School (© Copyright Oast House Archive and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence) and pupils from the Lion Street Infant School celebrating the Coronation of King George V in 1911 (picture postcard by Charles H. Axell of Landgate.  … read more …

First posted in Rye Town History on 2nd June 2012
Last updated: 2nd December 2012



17th Century Rye Personalities

Friday 30th September, East Street The Chymical Club: John Allin, Samuel Jeake, Philip Frith and the Pursuit of Alchemy in 17th century Rye and London by  Donna Bilak: (Lecture 3 in her series in aid of the Women’s Tower Project) Donna Bilak of the Bard Graduate Center in New York was in England again to … read more …

First posted in Notable People, Past Talks, Rye Town History on 2nd October 2011
Last updated: 7th December 2012
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Rye Founders of Other Ryes

Rye Founders of Other Ryes

Not surprisingly for an important shipbuilding town, Ryers emigrated, and in Rye ships too.  Besides their  shipbuilding and trading pursuits, economic hard times and the pursuit of religious freedom motivated some to seek a life elsewhere — but to honour their origins by creating new Ryes:  in New York and New Hampshire in the USA … read more …

First posted in Rye Town History on 18th September 2011
Last updated: 7th December 2012
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Geoffrey Spink Bagley

Geoffrey Spink Bagley

‘Geoffrey Bagley, Esq. Ryer Extraordinary’ (Painting  of Rye Harbour by Geoffrey Bagley by permission of Your Paintings: BBC in collaboration with Public Catalogue Foundation) This was the subtitle of a 1973 Down Rye Way column by the then editor of Rye’s Own, Christopher Davson. And as you will see from what follows, Geoffrey Bagley really … read more …

First posted in Notable People, Rye Museum Story, Rye Town History on 9th September 2011
Last updated: 2nd December 2012
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How Rye became ‘Rye Royal’

How Rye became ‘Rye Royal’

In the summer of 2008 as part of a Museum Discovery Day, we received a visit from a Queen Elizabeth I who toured the town with an entourage and held an audience for children (who seemed particularly inquisitive about heads being chopped off) to remind us all of the visit 505 years earlier of the … read more …

First posted in Rye Town History on 23rd July 2010
Last updated: 29th November 2012
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