Protecting Rye’s historic heritage
for future generations
Rye Conservation Society is a registered charity -
The lean in a brick chimney is usually caused by driving rain, wind erosion and rapid
drying out on one side of the stack -
They were a common sight but are now seldom seen because when people stop using solid fuel there is no practical reason for keeping the chimney. So rebuilt and especially rebuilt leaning chimneys are rare.
A disused cast lead pump has been used on a house in Church Square as a hopper head for the rainwater coming off the roof.
This pattern of Victorian pump was not uncommon in south east England.
It was probably brought here by a builder renovating the house in the 1920s soon after the well it served was no longer required with the coming of mains water.