Rye Through Postcards

Both the Ypres Tower and The Landgate Tower have been used on postcards since the end of the 19th. Century.

The picture of the Ypres Tower appears on a “Victoria Series card published by J. Davies publications. Note the pointed roof which was destroyed by German Bombers in the Second World War. It must have been taken around the turn of the Century and is very good quality as so many of the late Victorian and Edwardian postcards usually are.

The postcard of the Landgate is quite a bit later. Produced by Milton Bros. in the Miltona series this picture shows much activity at the forge. The men are displaying a large iron tyre that has been shaped by their skill using the hot coals driven by a large bellows. The buildings are much unchanged today except that they are now used as retail shops.

From the February 2002 issue of Rye’s Own

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