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There is no good local building stone in south east England. Canterbury Cathedral
was built from imported stone from Caen in northern France. (At that time Canterbury
was almost on the coast).
In Rye, stone was used for religious buildings or for defence - the gateways, Ypres
Tower and the town wall. Later, stone was used for fireproof warehouses on the Strand
where it has weathered very badly.
It is said that stone from the redundant town wall was used for the building of the
Also missing from Rye is knapped flint. It is used extensively further east, for
example the Pugin buildings in Ramsgate. There is a little in Rye used with dressed
stone for a small extension to the Church.
Friars of the Sack, Church Square
Stone base to brick wall
Stone Warehouse, The Strand
Images and text by John Griffiths, Rye Conservation Society