A Potted History of the Rye Potteries.

                          No. 1. The David Sharp Pottery

David Sharp started work as an apprentice with Rye Pottery just after the War. He worked with Raymond Everett and Dennis Townsend, all who later branched out on their own. Continue reading A Potted History of the Rye Potteries.

1832 Reform Map of Rye to be Auctioned Locally


The map of Rye above is but the central section of of a steel engraving from Samuel Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary reflecting the boundary changes introduced on the enactment of the Reform Bill of June 7th. 1832. Continue reading 1832 Reform Map of Rye to be Auctioned Locally

Wheeling In The Money

Town Crier Starts Indoor Cycle Marathon

Town Crier, Rex Swain set the wheels in motion at Rye Community Centre at 12 noon on 15 March when he ‘belled off’, Gary Booth for the first hour stint in a 24 hour marathon event to raise money for the Club to help Kenyan member Richard Mwangi with his Further Education. Continue reading Wheeling In The Money

Original Dragon of Rye

We are told that the history of ‘Bonfire’ in Rye goes back BEFORE the time of Guy Fawkes. Legend has it that the burning boat ceremony was first held in the town shortly after the men of Rye and Winchelsea raided the French town at St. Peter’s Port and retrieved the church bells that had been stolen in the French raid of the previous year. In the course of their revengeful rape and pillage they also pulled French boats out of the water and paraded them blazing through the streets. This event is still remembered in the traditional dragging of a burning boat in the Guy Fawkes procession. Continue reading Original Dragon of Rye

Winchelsea Road Sprint

Old Event Revived

The Prewar Rye Wheelers ran an annual “Winchelsea Road Sprint” to find the fastest sprinters in the club. The race, held on the newly built Winchelsea Road, took the form of two time trials over a distance of a quarter of a mile. One from a standing start position and one with a flying start. Sixty years on and the spirit of Continue reading Winchelsea Road Sprint

Sprocket Page June 2001

Stories of the Rye & District Wheelers Past & Present

Runs Twice Weekly

The Rye & District Wheelers have enjoyed Club Runs every Sunday during the past month. Runs to Tenterden, where members paid a visit to the Kent and East Sussex Railway and to Bodiam Castle were especially enjoyed. Ben Sharp, the Club Captain, reports regular attendance on runs. Mem­bership is climbing and some Continue reading Sprocket Page June 2001