When the Hunt met in Rye

Up to 1966 the Romney Marsh Hunt was an often seen spectacle in and around Rye. The traditional Boxing Day Hunt usually set off from a well known Rye Hostelry, The George Hotel, the Peace & Plenty and The King’s Head (now known as the ‘Top O’ The Hill’) Continue reading When the Hunt met in Rye

Ron’s Gone

A personal tribute by Ion Castro to Ron Fellows, a friend, colleague and contributor to ‘Hastings Town’.

Ron Passed away in St.Michael’s Hospice on 15th July 2011 after a short illness and his funeral took place at Hastings Cemetery on 28th July. Continue reading Ron’s Gone

The Marsh Barges

Built in Rye these Shallow Draft Vessels served the towns and villages  from Teterden to the north and Hythe to the East

While the rivers around Rye, the Rother, Brede and Tillingham, were, sufficiently wide and deep and the ordinary trading vessels small enough to navigate them to their destination without the necessity of any transhipment, there was no need of such a craft. Several factors, however, combined to change the situation in a drastic fashion. Continue reading The Marsh Barges

The Cinque Ports


By Kenneth Clarke

Although the origins of the Cinque Ports are unknown, their individual beginnings preceded the Norman Conquest, for the Domesday Book records that during the reign of Edward the Confessor the burgesses of Dover, Sandwich and Romney were liable to supply to ‘the King, once in the year. Continue reading The Cinque Ports

Mark Rymell’s Pier Project

I have to admit that I am one of the world’s worst hoarders. Fiercely sentimental, I have a real problem in throwing things away and keep every letter I receive from personal friends would you believe! Continue reading Mark Rymell’s Pier Project