Rye (2)


This is the second set of photos from our Rye holiday. (First set.)

Wednesday: Hastings

On Wednesday we took the train to Hastings, the nearest large town. We began by walking through the town a bit and then climbing West Hill to the castle.

Looking up at the wall above a small garden within the town.
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St Clements (probably not the one that says ‘oranges and lemons’).
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The castle dungeons (which are now thought more likely to have been used as storerooms) basically feel like a small cave system with a couple of branches, only a few steps down from a wide-open entrance. Even so, they were blissfully cool amid the heatwave.

Face in the dungeon wall.
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We emerged to look around the castle ruins, and watched the next showing of their history film.

Castle ruins. (Most of the castle has already fallen into the sea.)
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View toward the pier.
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Before leaving we went back into the dungeons, because they were just that nice.

Crack in roof with roots.
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Then we walked along part of the seafront before taking the cliff railway (funicular) to the top of East Hill.

Lifeboat house.
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Side of a hut, something to do with fishing I think. (And definitely not drug sales.)
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Traditional boarded sheds.
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The two cars passing each other as we waited for the funicular.
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We did take a quick look around at the top of the hill, but as previously noted, it was hot, so we went back down again before long.

View over car park and beach from part way down.
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Entrance to East Hill Lift.
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It was too late to go to the museum, so we ditched that plan and stopped somewhere for cake instead, then got the train back to Rye.

Nice green building on the corner of George Street and Russell Court (I like the full stops).
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Some serious columnage.
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Back in Rye...

A pink shop (being refurbished).
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Thursday: Rye

On Thursday we went to see the town model in the tourist information centre. It’s a model of the entire old town of Rye, with fancy lighting and a slide projection as it tells you the town history. I thought it was actually quite good. Other than that, we wandered around town a bit.

Grammar School Records.
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Conduit Hill, where the town water supply used to run.
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Water works (now a pub).
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Junction of Mermaid Street and West Street (right near our flat).
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Somebody’s gate.
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End wall of Rye Pottery’s building. Sign: something-ing works?
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Winston Cottage (middle), another house, and a converted church.
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Reflections in basement windows, West Street.
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Doors to medieval cellars, West Street.
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Crooked chimney, West Street.
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Chimney shadow, West Street.
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I went out for another walk in the dark.

Archway in the Gun Garden, near the castle.
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Parish church.
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Friday: Appledore

On another very hot day, we walked along the river to the Royal Military Canal, then along the canal to the village of Appledore and back on the train.

Railway bridge near Rye, with sheep sheltering from the sun.
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Footprints of a giant bird by the River Rother.
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Seagulls on wooden pilings.
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Crossing a bridge over a ‘sewer’ that drains water from the marshes into the river.
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Flood control gates over the river.
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The Royal Military Canal is very straight and rather dull. It was constructed as a defensive line in case Napoleon invaded.

Large tree by the canal.
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Trees and fencing by the point where Reading Sewer joins the canal.
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Fallen tree.
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The canal was even reinforced slightly in case of a German invasion in World War 2.

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Appledore has quite a nice church, but is annoyingly far from its railway station.

Shadows near the altar rail in the church.
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After we got back to Rye, I went out at night again.

Traders Passage (I think).
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The end

That’s it - we had a nice holiday, Rye is a very pretty little town (also, the Cobbles tea room is great). On the Saturday we had to get up very early to catch the fast train back into London and then all the way up to Hull for my parents’ golden wedding lunch! But we made it on time.

All images © Samuel Marshall. All rights reserved.