Thursday, 28 November 2013

Walking Around Rye - Pt. 3

Rye dates from Saxon times when it was as island surrounded by sea and marsh. The sea has since moved and Rye is now several miles inland. It is one of the Cinque towns which was burned down by the French in 1377.

The wicker motor cycle in this window caught my eye

We are going to walk around the old town where all the roads are cobbled and vehicles can only use these roads for asccess

The old water tower and well where people could get their water or have it delivered to them

If you have high heels or flimsy shoes you will have difficulty walking on these roads

An old Chapel

If you enlarge you will see the churchyard (burial ground) reflected in the window here

Lamb House now owned by The National Trust
not open today so we cannot go inside
Henry James, the American novelist once lived in this house
In 1723 the Mayor lived here.
In 1726 King George I, returning from Hanover in Germany to open Parliament, was driven ashore by a terrible storm and the Mayor escorted him to Lamb House where the family entertained him for 3 days which wasn't easy as the King spoke little English and the Lambs could not speak German.

This home is called 'The House with Two Doors'
Obviously 2 houses joined together at some time

Hartshorn House
the old 15th century hospital

The Quakers House

Oak Corner - rebuilt in 1490
For anyone who missed my post on The Mermaid Inn recently, the link below will take you there (full of interest and history)

Well I do hope that you enjoyed your walk
Just one more post left on Rye
Just noticed that this is my 777th post!
Would I have believed it when I started in 2007?


Terri said...

So interesting, Barbara. Love the architecture, and Lamb House. Lamb was my maiden name. (Daniel was from Ireland in the late 1850s.) Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Gracie Saylor said...

Cheers for your 777th post, Barbara! We are celebrating Thanksgiving in the States today. I am thankful you decided to create a blog and that I am able to grow to know you through your posts :)
Gracie xx

Needled Mom said...

It looks like such a charming village. I would love to visit there sometime. Thanks for sharing all of the pictures with us.

Anonymous said...

It is a very pretty town, lots of interesting, lovely old buildings. I have never been, but I must remember to wear sensible shoes if I do visit.

elizabeth said...

I will obviously have to add Rye to my list of places to visit!
Congratulations on post #777 - pretty impressive I'd say!

Sara said...

Thank you for the enjoyable Rye ramble! The wicker motorcycle is quite something. It was interesting to see how the door at Hartshorn house was adjusted along the top to fit the crooked frame, or maybe it's the door that is crooked. And I imagine some of us might have to duck our heads to enter some of those doorways. Lots of lovely brick and half timbered designs, but I think I like St. Mary House the best (white painted brick with arched doorway and a big tree overhanging).

Lorrie said...

Another charming English village with story after story of historical happenings. Love it.

Are there any "uncharming" English villages? I can't imagine.

organicgardendreams said...

Hi Barbara, I just came across your blog. I had the great pleasure to visit Rye a few years ago (I live and garden in Southern California) and your blog post brought back very fond memories. Thank you for that!
Christina said...

I like your photos very much, they are excellent. It is good to know there are a lot of us more 'mature' gardeners doing the blogging - but doesn't it take up a lot of time! Wish the day was longer.

Vee said...

Congrats on 777 posts! You are an excellent ambassador for England. Rye is one of my favorite fonts and now I can imagine that I'd very much enjoy visiting. The homes and gardens are wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos and details about Rye! Blessings this Advent season!

Trisha said...

Such rich history. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Blessings, Trisha

Anne Jeffries said...

What a pleasure to cstch this post, barbara. I especially enjoyed the cobbled streets. I've lately taken to wearing good walking shoes and i would get along just fine with those Streets.