Shops in Rye

Jimper remembers the shops in Rye when he was a youth – The buildings remain but the shops, in the main, sell different things than in those far off days!

Shops in Rye

By Jimper

Coming into the citadel of Rye through the Landgate Arch, you enter the Ancient Town of Rye proper. The first change from my early days is on my left, where the forge once was. The open fronted shed has been enclosed and is now a shop. Further up and not visible from the road the lookout shelter down the steps, presented to Rye by one time Mayor of Rye E. F. Benson, has been closed and the doorway bricked up. Continue reading Shops in Rye

Arthurs Mayors


by Arthur Woodgate

Now I come to a Rye Mayor who was very much ‘one of us’. Alf Horner inherited a general shop in the middle of Kings Street, Landgate. It sold groceries, green groceries, newspapers and all sorts of odd and ends. Alf and his wife Flo ran the business for many years. Continue reading Arthurs Mayors

Bessie Sylvia (Rusty) Ellis nee Keetch

30th. June 1910-10th April 2011

By Jack Hemmings

Rusty Ellis passed away in her sleep, in her own own home, during her 101st year following a short illness. She was born in Bedfordshire before the start of WW1. Rusty was born Bessy Keech in Cardington near Bedford on the day that Florence Nightingale died. Two of the songs of the day were “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” and The Ballad of Casey Jones. Continue reading Bessie Sylvia (Rusty) Ellis nee Keetch

Traditional Business Returns to Rye


By Jim Hollands

Rye and Shipping go together like coffee and cream. Since the days before recorded history Rye has been associated with shipbuilding and fishing. Continue reading Traditional Business Returns to Rye