The view from the front door of Henry James' Lamb House, Rye
We visited Rye in early July, 2008, and immediately added it to our list of favorite English small towns along with Ludlow in Shropshire, Bakewell in Derbyshire, Richmond in Yorkshire, and Moreton in Marsh in the Cotswolds. We were only there for the afternoon, but we managed to walk the cobblestone streets, tour Henry James' Lamb House (National Trust ), climb the church tower for the views, and take a three mile loop walk out to Camber Castle and back .
If you click on the Set to the right and run the Slideshow in Full Screen Mode, you can follow us up Mermaid Street, past Ypres Castle, through the Old City Gate, past the shops on High Street, around the Church Square, into St. Marys Church, and then up to the top of the church tower (not for the faint hearted) for views of the town, Camber Castle, the River Rother, and Romney Marsh.
Here are separate sets for the garden at Lamb House and for our three mile walk out to Camber Castle through the waterfowl preserves:
Rye in medieval times was one of the Cinque Port towns, and was located on a bay which has since silted up. With the coming of bigger ships and larger ports, Rye's economy began to decline and fishing and smuggling became more important.