What a Bloody Cheek!

By Jim Hollands

After years of neglecting Rye and the fabric of it’s ancient buildings which Rother District Council took on the responsibility for in 1974, they (Rother) now have the audacity to want to ‘sell’ the Landgate Tower back to Rye so that they (Rother District Council) can abdicate their responsibilities for maintaining an Historic Building.

If they have the power to give the Landgate back to Rye, then they are able to return all our Car Parks, Toilets, Parks and Gardens, property, and the £4,000,000 plus interest they have had after selling the Houses of Tilling Green which were built by Rye Borough Council. Continue reading What a Bloody Cheek!

The Anchor is Safe

The Heritage Centre Anchor is quite safe

Rye Town Clerk, Richard Farhall tells us

“The timber needed to be replaced but the Environment Agency A has a policy of not using hardwood so there was a delay while a reclaimed source could be found. Then the EA’s carpenter was off. He is back now but there are certain activities he can no longer easily do – and so volunteers are helping. A soon as I have a return date I will let everyone know”.


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The Oak Inn, High Street

The Pubs of Rye no. 3

By David Russell

Very little information has come to light about this fishermen’s beer house located on the High Street. The earliest known date for the Oak is 1870 when Alfred Bourn was the licensee. However, as a beer house, we can be fairly certain it was in existence well before then, and possibly dated back to the 1830 Licensing Act. The house was then known as the Pig and Whistle. Continue reading The Oak Inn, High Street

The Pubs of Rye

 East Sussex, 1750-1950 by David Russell

Published in October 2012 The Pubs of Rye gives the history of 32 Rye pubs (and one cinema) which existed at sometime between 1750 and 1950. When researching this book I collected information from the National Archive which contains many records of Rye and its licensed premises. Continue reading The Pubs of Rye

Christmas in Rye

What a marvellous programme Roger Crouch, the event co-ordinator, has put on for the 2011 Rye Christmas Festival.It all kicks off at 10am. on Friday 2 December with a Rye Country Market at the Community specifically targeting items for Christmas.

Continue reading Christmas in Rye

Rye in Bloom

By The Editor

What an effort the people of Tilling Green are putting in to help Rye win the Britain in Bloom Competition. Continue reading Rye in Bloom

T.I.C. Protest

Feeling is running high in Rye over the District Councils derisory grant towards the running of Rye TIC (Tourist Information Office.) The recently improved facility has been a boon over the years to the town’s tourist industry. Continue reading T.I.C. Protest