In 2010, the Award went to Rye Art Gallery, which has since also been awarded one of Sussex Heritage Trust’s Public and Community Architecture Awards.
Recent high-quality craftsmen’s work in Rye was recognised by the Society at its 2012 annual general meeting in Rye Town Hall on 27 April. The winners of this year’s Townscape Awards were announced, with three projects winning prizes for the quality of design and workmanship and the enhancement they provide to the ancient town.
The Awards were made to stonemason Kevin Hughes and glazier John Corley for the stonework and stained glass restoration of the West Window of St Mary’s Church. The two craftsmen were commended for their work, which is of the highest quality, and the completed restoration now bathes the nave in glorious light.
A third Townscape Award was made for the re-roofing of St Anthony’s in Church Square, which is probably one of the most photographed buildings in Rye. John Pickering of Rother Valley Roofing was presented with the Award and his work was acknowledged as showing exemplary craftsmanship, since it maintains the character of the old roof, but includes modern insulation within the roof-space.
A Townscape Highly Commended Award went to the Hope Anchor Hotel for the re-signage on the building at the end of Watchbell Street. The Award was made by the Society to recognise the good design, traditional materials and fine sign-writing skills and was accepted by the hotel’s owner, Mr John Sankey.
John Griffiths, chairman of Rye Conservation Society, said: “We were delighted to make the Awards for the three projects as they highlight the fact that town requires craftsmanship of the highest standard across a range of traditional skills, as well as owners of historic buildings who recognise the value of utilising good design skills, and genuine craftsmanship and knowledge. They are all very worthy winners.”