Shapes of Buildings

Glimpses of  Countryside

Buildings Closing a View

Pavements & Streets

Timber Framed Houses

Wattle & Daub


Use of Bricks

Use of Stone

Stucco & Rendering

Tile Hanging

Mathematical Tiles

Painting Bricks & Tiles

The Coming of Slate

Glass and Glazing

Unusual Features in Rye

Cast Iron

Changes in Fashion

Shapes of Rye
Materials of Rye

Shapes of Streets

Glimpses of Country Gallery

Protecting Rye’s historic heritage
for future generations

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Changes in Fashion

Rye is famous for its cobbles but they need constant attention.  Modern vehicles, especially with power steering, tend to loosen them.  Replacing the cobbles after such damage or following works on underground services tests the skills of the repairer.

Sometimes the result is concrete with a few cobbles pushed in like currants in a bun, or concrete is poured over everything.  There must be sufficient cobbles for the job and they must all be of similar size and colour.

Pavements of Rye

Many pavements in Rye must have been costly to install because there is no local stone.  To make them safer many stones were scored to reduce slipping when walking in the rain in leather soled working boots with nailed studs.

Cobbles in Watchbell Street

Church Square

Pavements and Cobbled Streets

Images and text by John Griffiths, Rye Conservation Society

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