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Rye is a common, unwanted invader of winter wheat fields. If allowed to grow and mature, it may cause substantially reduced prices (docking) for harvested wheat.[17]

Rye Heritage Centre, The Old Sail Loft Rye Strand Quay Rye TN31 7AY

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Anything else I should know? Plenty of shopping opportunities including The Vintage Stockroom, a new shop packed with utilitarian furniture, industrial bits and Americana. A cluster of antique shops by the quay include Glass Etc, run by Antiques Roadshow expert Andy McConnell. The George hotel has just opened The Shop Next Door , selling hotel-inspired soft furnishings.

We are housed in two listed heritage buildings joined together by an award-winning glass link and are an independent Trust dating from 1957.  The Gallery is a registered Charity, answerable to the Charities Commission.

Visit us to browse and buy pictures and beautiful objects and also to see some of the Collection - check our Exhibition pages first or check our six-monthly Programme Brochure available in the Gallery or by email and by post.

Other residents of the town and environs have included:

Originally granted to the Abbey of Fecamp in Normandy in 1017, Rye was reclaimed by Henry III in 1247 and blossomed as a Cinque Port, vital to England's defence.  As you wander about, look for landmarks like the Ypres Tower or Rye Castle, the Landgate and the Monastery.

Be sure to check the Events box at right above.  There are a great many dates for your diary there besides this one:

First-time visitors are always surprised at how extensive we are behind the small High Street facade - one thought we are like a Tardis! 

There are LOTS of other additions and improvements at the Tower:  new furniture and display panels, smartened-up exhibits, better lighting, a new model of the changing shoreline . . . .

 Or you can enjoy looking at examples here online.  Click on the menu links to see the work of some of our artists and makers or to explore the Collection.  If you are using a mobile or tablet, go to the menu icon on each page (horizontal lines) to find more links. 

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We now have a splendid new display console at East Street so that we can show our publications and retail items to much better effect.  Come see!

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The Strand House 15th Century, 13 en-suite rooms, oak beamed guest house

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Past and present places of worship in Rye include St Mary's, the Anglican parish church with Norman origins;[29] St Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic church, rebuilt in 1929; a 1909 Baptist chapel in Cinque Ports Street, replacing the Rye Particular Baptist Chapel of 1754 (which itself stood on the site of an older Quaker meeting house); former Congregational and Independent churches; and a Methodist chapel.[30]

The nematode Ditylenchus dipsaci, leaf beetle, fruit fly, gout fly, cereal chafer, dart moth, cereal bug, Hessian fly, and rustic shoulder knot are among insects which can seriously affect rye health.[9]

Sundays & Bank Holidays:  11.00am - 4.00pm 

And if I don’t like scallops?Freshly flavoured regional Indian food is dished up by chef Dev Biswal at The Ambrette. Webbe’s at the Fish Café serves fish from the local fleet. And the High Street is packed with tea rooms offering homemade scones and sandwiches.

Move around Rye without leaving your chair. courtesy Visit Rye Bay.   To go directly to the video click here. Mercifully free of chatter,  it will lead you up and down the streets, zooming in on houses, buildings, views. . .   If you’ve been to Rye can you recall where all these places are?  If you’ve not, we encourage you to come and tour the town for real.

Rye College (formerly called Thomas Peacocke Community College, and before that Thomas Peacocke School) is a secondary school in Rye. Rye Studio School opened in September 2013 for 14- to 19-year-olds. The two primary schools, Tilling Green Infant School and Freda Gardham Community School, were replaced by a new school, Rye Primary, adjacent to the secondary institution, in September 2008. The original Rye Primary School was situated just off Ferry Road near the railway crossing.

Reservations continue to come in from all over the UK and elsewhere too for the  6th all-day Medieval Conference to be held in Rye, but there are still some places available — if you hurry.   Michael Hicks, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Winchester, has brought together a group of distinguished academics  to present lectures with the latest research on a range of topics:  Here are the titles of the talks:

Rye Audio Tour Download MP3 audio tour and Immerse yourself in Rye’s medieval history!

Rye is a cereal grain and should not be confused with ryegrass, which is used for lawns, pasture, and hay for livestock.

Walking Tour of Rye, the most beautiful town in England, by Jonathan Copeland, ISBN 9781301139996, describes every important building, explains it and puts it into historical context. Many photographs illustrate the book.

The George In Rye … find out more

Paul Monod's book The Murder of Mr Grebell: Madness and Civility in an English Town (2003) begins with the murder of a justice of the peace in Rye in 1743, considering its background as far back as the Reformation, then looks at events in the town over the next two hundred years.[18]

Rye has a Non-League football club Rye United F.C. who play at The Salts.

Rye is a place where people pride themselves on doing things differently. The Quarter Boys on the tower of St Mary the Virgin don’t strike on the hour but on the quarter. Mermaid Street is peppered with ancient buildings, with unusual names such as ‘The House Opposite’ or ‘The House with the Seat’. Even the sea is a little wayward – it retreated from the town centuries ago, leaving Rye a stranded seaside town…

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A write-up of Brian’s work, Remembering Brian Hargreaves, which accompanied a recent Rye Art Gallery exhibition should be of interest as the Hargreaves together have done so much for the Museum — as Joyce continues to do.  Click here  (or on Brian Hargreaves under Local History at right). We hope you noticed the featured post above on Remembering Brian Hargreaves.

Between 1696 and 1948 there have been six ships of the Royal Navy to bear the name HMS Rye.

Walks wind their way through the historic landscape full of special wildlife, which can be enjoyed all year long. In late spring sea kale blooms on the shingle ridges of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and marsh mallows flower in the ditches.

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In May 1940, during the darkest days of World War II, the Rye fishing fleet was invited to participate in Operation Dynamo, the seaborne rescue of the stranded British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk, but refused to do so.[17]

Travelling westward across Romney Marsh, the distinctive outline of Rye can be seen in the distance. It rises above the level green pastures, stretching from the sea to the far hills which formed the shoreline before the marsh was drained.