Ypres Tower

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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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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Rye’s Gates and Walls

Rye’s Gates and Walls

The Landgate Tower By the early 14th century, Rye was one of the most important ports on the South Coast, and with the start of the Hundred Years War with France, was very vulnerable to attack by raiding French warships. In 1339 the French attacked the town, and burnt 52 houses and a mill. It … read more …

First posted in Rye Buildings and Defences on 13th December 2009
Last updated: 7th December 2012
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Rye’s Two Soup Kitchens

Rye’s Two Soup Kitchens

This is an adaptation of an article by Kenneth Clark which appeared in Rye’s Own, December 2006. Soup Kitchen at Ypres Tower 1870-1895 In 1870 it was decided to roof the red brick exercise yard attached to the north side of the Ypres Tower and add a chimney to form a soup kitchen for the … read more …

First posted in Rye Town History on 21st November 2009
Last updated: 22nd March 2013
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