ARTIST & PRINTMAKER
Limited edition etchings
Rye is a small hill top town in East Sussex, UK, on the River Rother, and at the western edge of Romney Marsh. Notable buildings in the town include St Mary's church, the Ypres Tower, Lamb House, The Mermaid Inn and Mermaid Street, Watchbell Street, and Church Square.
These items, available from Amazon are some of those I have personally owned and can recommend. Around Rye in Old Photographs is one of the first books I bought when moving to Rye and almost every house in Rye has a copy - as almost every house in Rye is in it!
An Ordinance Survey map is essential for any visit to Rye - walk 15 minutes in any direction and you will be on a footpath and fields full of sheep.
Anyone familiar with the Mapp and Lucia books by EH Benson (who lived in the town) will know that “Tilling” is actually Rye! This set of DVDs with Prunella Scales, Geraldine McEwan and Nigel Hawthorne was filmed in Rye and features many local landmarks
CALLING TIME, RYE
CALLING TIME, RYE
The Piranesi-esque mechanism of the clock in the tower of St Mary’s in Rye
Limited edition etching
Etching: (12” x 18”) edition of 75
St Mary’s clock, Rye
The 'new' clock was installed in about 1561-2 and was made by the Huguenot Lewys Billiard. It is one of the oldest church turret clocks in the country still functioning. The pendulum, a much later addition, swings in the body of the church. The present exterior clockface and the original 'Quarter Boys' (so called because they strike the quarters but not the hours) were added in 1760. Today, if you wish, you can climb the church tower where you will see the 8 bells now hanging there. These are not the same bells that were stolen in 1377 as they were re-cast in 1775 and new bells added. The total weight of the 8 bells and clappers is almost 5 tons.