The Royal Standard

By John Hodges

The first licence to sell beer was granted to the Royal Standard at sometime around 1822, at a time that predated the introduction of the new Beer House Act. This piece of sweeping legislation permitted any householder assessed to the poor rate, to obtain from the excise on a payment of two guineas, a licence to sell beer by retail from their dwelling house. Continue reading The Royal Standard

The Stag


By John Hodges

There is little doubt that All Saints Street now takes its name from the ancient parish church located at its northern end. Previous to this it had been described in old deeds as “The King’s Highwaye leading from the Pulpitt Gate to the Minness”. For a period between these two names, it was known as Fish, or Fisher Street after the calling of so many of those who lived there. Continue reading The Stag

Scallop Festival Boosts Winter Trade

Rye Scallop Festival was an outstanding success, due in no small part to the enthusiasm and drive of Festival co-ordinator Lorna Hall. Almost every event was fully booked and some seats could have been filled twice over. Continue reading Scallop Festival Boosts Winter Trade