Monday, 4 April 2016

Mosaic Monday in Rye

Hello

Thanks for visiting!

I'm joining Judith for Mosaic Monday today, do follow the link to see all the other posts from all around the world.

My mosaic this week is of a very pretty town in East Sussex - Rye. Many years ago it was surrounded on three sides by the sea and was full of merchants, pirates and smugglers but nowadays the sea has retreated to give views over Romney Marsh from its perch at the top of the steep cliffs.

Among the places of interest are the Ypres Tower built to protect Rye, which was a Cinque Port town,  from French invaders. It was then used by John de Ypres as a residence which is where it gets its name from, later became a prison and now houses the town museum.

The Church of St Mary dates from 1150 and has one of the oldest working clocks in Britain and some lovely stained glass.

The Landgate built in 1329 was at one time the only entrance to the town.

Hidden in a street near the church is Lamb House, now National Trust, which was owned by both Henry James and E. F. Benson who wrote the Mapp and Lucia books and based his fictional town of Tilling on Rye. In fact, the recent TV production of the books was filmed in the town.  Paul Nash, the artist, also lived in Rye.

However, it is the cobbled streets full of colourful quaint houses that are the real attraction, especially Mermaid Street which has the famous Mermaid Inn, the headquarters of the notorious Hawkhurst gang of smugglers.


While we were exploring, we found a café, Knoops, serving delicious hot chocolate to your own specification from different strengths of chocolate and added spices. Yum!






I hope you've enjoyed a little wander around this pretty town.

Bye for now

22 comments:

  1. You had sunshine! Lovely. Rye is a place I have wanted to visit for years. But no mention of John Ryan and Captain Pugwash?! Or am I a bit niche/childish? Take care. x

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    1. Captain Pugwash must have sailed away while we were there as there was nothing to see. I only found out that there is something in the museum when we got back and of course it was the one museum we didn't go in. Bother!! Still an excuse to go back another time. x

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  2. Your mosaic is truly lovely. The old buildings have their charm.

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    1. Thanks Ritta. I couldn't stop taking photos!

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  3. Rye is also on my list of places to visit. It looks very pretty, and I like the idea of creating your own hot chocolate.
    Cathy x

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    1. Very charming. The hot chocolate was delicious, they sold home made marshmallows too. x

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  4. Great pictures of my childhood town, I love this place still and enjoy going back as often as I can. Love the church and Simon the Pieman!xx

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    1. You'll know all the best places then. Your poor mum with a pram and all those cobbled streets!! x

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  5. Wonderful to see more of Rye! It looks like a beautiful place to potter around and explore - and stop for a drink too! xx

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    1. Yes it is but it is quite a small town so we ended up going round and round again! x

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  6. It looks cosy! Hot chocolates must be extra large...

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    1. Yes they were indeed! No handles on the cups either! :-)

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  7. A nice tour of Rye and your hot chocolates look awesome!

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    1. They were very tasty, next time I'll have to try a different flavour. :-)

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  8. What a colorful rich history and gorgeous scenes to be enjoyed there...

    Donna@GardensEyeView
    and LivingFromHappiness

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    1. It's so pretty, I'm sure you'd love it! :-)

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  9. Hello, what a lovely town and tour. The stained glass windows are gorgeous. Beautiful mosaic and images. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

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    1. There was another beautiful window but I think it needed a good clean! :-)

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  10. Love Rye - enjoyed this little trip. x

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    1. That's good, hope it brought back a few memories. :-)

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  11. Oh the history!! You can casually go back to 1150 and on the other side of the world I'm raving about the historic buildings from the gold rush in the 1850's!!!! I always love to see your historic Rye which contrasts so well with our beachy Rye in Victoria, where we have our beach shack!
    Lovely post
    Wren x

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    1. It's another world isn't it and all the more interesting for it. x

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