We left Dungeness and on the way to Hastings passed Rye. This is a very pretty medieval town, where three rivers meet. The Rother, the Tillingham, and the Brede, which made it an ideal smugglers location. The windmill, at the entrance of the town, didn’t really prepare us for the rest of the town. It looked so peaceful and quiet.
Once inside the town though I was astonished to see a mighty gate as well as a castle with a tower. For such a small town, there was much to see. But let’s start slowly. We walked up a rather steep street and at the corner was this beautiful house. But it’s not so much that house as the one farther rather right. It looks as if it has been put on top of another. Don’t you agree?
The cobbled street was not easy to walk on, but with so many interesting old houses along the way, it was okay to stop every couple of meters.
Most of the houses had charming details, either names or plaques or lovely flower decorations.
We passed the Mermaid Inn, where apparently the smugglers had met in the olden times.
Unfortunately St. Mary’s church, from the 12th century, was closed to the public due to a wedding.
The church looked massive from the other side, when it was basically the end of a small alley.
We ended up going into the museum across from the church though. Because you do need to enter something while on a visit, don’t you think? The Rye Castle Museum with the Ypres Tower is from the 14th century. Unfortunately you do not really have a tower view from the top, but it was better than nothing. The museum itself tried its best, alas with limited success.
After exiting the museum we walked around some more and discovered another tower, this time in form of a gate. The Landgate was one of two gates built in the 14th century to defend Rye against its enemies. The clock only came later. The gate looks a lot more impressive from the outside. Inside the gate houses have been built up right to the walls of the towers.
Making one last round about town we headed to the parking and left Rye for good. Yours, Pollybert