Landgate Rye

How is the Landgate linked to the Norman Conquest ? Many people will know the Conquest started on the 28th of September 1066 with the invasion of England by William, the Duke of Normandy.  They may not be aware the French occupied the Town of Rye until 1247 when on the orders of Henry III it was reclaimed.

Establishing the “Cinque Ports” was a considerable achievement based upon an idea first put forward during the time of Edward the Confessor (1042-1066).  By the reign of Henry II (1154-1189), the towns of Hastings, New Romney, Hythe Dover and Sandwich were already known collectively as the “Cinque Ports”. Rye was later added along with Winchelsea as “Ancient Towns”.

The Royal Charter of 1155 which is the basis of Article 13 of the Magna Carta and Article 9 in the Confirmation of 1297. States “In return for ship service, the Cinque Ports were to receive:

“Exemption from tax and tallage, Right of sec and sac, tol and team, blodwit and fledwit, pillory and tumbrel, infrangertheof and outfrangertheof, mundbryce, waives and strays, flotsam and jetsam and ligon.”

Which as you know means:-
“Exemption from tax and tolls, self-government; permission to levy tolls; punish those who shed blood or flee justice; punish minor offences; detain and execute criminals both inside and outside the port’s jurisdiction; and punish breaches of the peace; and possession of lost goods that remain unclaimed after a year; goods thrown overboard and floating wreckage.”

This was also translated into a self policing community which eventually led to a large black economy involved in Smuggling and generally having a good time.

In 1339 the French attacked the town again and burnt down over 50 houses and a mill. It was at about this time that the mayor and corporation made a start on the town walls and gates, aided by money (”murage”) granted by the King Henry the III.

In 1377 the French returned to Rye for a short visit, generally attacking everything and everyone and yet again sacked Rye, this was probably the most savage of all visits as they burned practically every building in the town. Only a few stone buildings survived.

Pop into Clive Sawyers Photography Gallery in the high street. Clive has travelled the World, been to most amazing cities and chooses to make Rye his home.

You will see some of the amazing pictures of the Rye bay area mounted on Canvas, Aluminium and other media. Clive has contributed many of the pictures you will see used to promote the area.

The Landgate is the last remaining of two gates built to defend Rye from invading forces, which all started in 1066

The Strandgate shown below has long since disappeared but you can see where it was if you go the Heritage Centre on the Strand (by the large Anchor) where you can see the large scale Town model.  The Strandgate survived until around 1819 when it was destroyed, though a few remains of it have been incorporated into the Old Borough Arms hotel at the end of Mermaid Street

Today we still have many visitors from France, today like so many visitors they come as friends to explore our lovely little town.

The Queens Head Pub formerly the Kings Head, is a lovely original small town pub with a deceptive amount of space offering a good selection of local ales and wines, with an experienced chef and live music this is a lively pub enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Landgate Street was formerly known as Kings Street.

Parking in the area is strictly controlled, a short walk up the hill of 700 yards you have Saltcote Place which is 5 star rated and where parking is plentiful and secure see

If you wish to stay in the landgate area these are the closest properties. 
The Queens Head Pub
01797 222181 see also

  • Beaucatcher Wines
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  • Skinners of Rye
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  • Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant
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  • Knoops Rye Chocolate
    Knoops Rye Chocolate -at last hot chocolate has caught up with other beverages with its own specialty Hot Chocolate Shop in England’s finest small medieval town. You will be pleasantly surprised at how outstandingly good this really is. TOWER FORGE HILDERS CLIFF LANDGATE RYE EAST SUSSEX TN31 7LD Jens Knoop is at Tower Forge, Hilders Cliff, Landgate, Rye; 01797 225838 Knoops Rye – Chocolate ...
  • CostCutter Rye
    Small supermarket close to the Landgate in Rye opposite the carpark on fishmarket road next to the site of Rye Bonfire. Was formerly known as Skinners Well stocked and well run, this small family run business is open 7 days a week and also sell petrol and diesel. 74 Fishmarket RoadRye TN31 7LP Tel 01797 458120
  • Hand Made Rugs Rye
    Located in the Landgate near the Queens pub and with plenty of parking. About usHandmade Rugs look for the highest quality rugs and carpets from around the globe, we go directly to the artisans and select the best rugs available. Our promiseWe ensure the absolute best materials are used in the making of our rugs – All ...
  • A1 Nails Rye
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  • Webbs Fish Cafe
    Webbs Fish Cafe located in the heart of Rye close to the landgate with parking nearby. Paul and Rebecca Webbe, opened The Wild Mushroom Restaurant in 1998. from the outset it has proven popular with locals and visitors alike.  Inspired in part by our love of foraging wild food, the plentiful and outstanding natural ingredients on ...
  • Neame Designs
    Neame Designs Rye “Your local office stationery and art supplies shop in Rye, East Sussex. Everything you need to get creative!” At Neame Designs we pride ourselves on offering a local and personal service. We are a family business and have been trading in Rye for 20 years, this means we have a really great knowledge of the ...
  • Queens Head Pub
    Queens Head Pub is located in the Landgate. This is a lively family friendly pub where dogs are welcome when under control. The pub has occasional live music. A young to middle aged crowd with plenty of local and real ales on offer. We also offer Sunday Roast. A pool table in one bar is always in ...