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
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?