Memorial Gates for Arthur

A True Ryer

A pair of magnificent garden gates were recently presented to the Rye, Winchelsea & District Memorial Hospital in memory of a long-standing
patient, Arthur Woodgate, who died last year aged 101.


John Austin stepson of Arthur Woodgate with Sally Compton chairman
John Austin stepson of Arthur Woodgate with Sally Compton chairman Hospital Trust

Born in 1913, after having served a five year apprenticeship he became a renowned master bricklayer. He rose to become Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Federation of Building Trades Operatives, and also served as a Magistrate on the Rye Bench. He had an amazing memory and told his fascinating life story to some of the students at Rye College, which resulted in the first ‘Rye Memory’ booklet being published.

Arthur Woodgate
Arthur Woodgate

He was still telling stories of life inRye and writing articles for Rye’s Own until the end of his life.The beautiful wrought iron gates, with impressive brick piers, will
be a permanent reminder of a much loved Rye gentleman, and will be enjoyed by the hospital staff, patients and visitors for many years to come.

From the August 2016 issue of Rye’s Own

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