St Mary's Church, Rye

Church Square, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7HF
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Sometimes called the "cathedral of East Sussex", the Parish Church of Rye, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, has dominated the hill on which the citadel is built for over 900 years. When the building of the present church was started, early in the 12th century, the town itself and much of the surrounding area was still held, under a Royal deed of gift, by the Abbey of Fecamp in Normandy. It is because of this link with Fecamp and the fact that it had become an important member of the Cinque Ports Confederation that Rye has such a magnificient church.
The clock on the turret was installed in about 1561 and is one of the oldest church turret clocks in the country still functioning. The present exterior clock face and the original 'Quarter Boys' (so called because they strike the quarters but not the hours) were added in 1760. For a fabulous 360 degree view over the ancient rooftops and out to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Camber Sands and Winchelsea, the climb to the top of the tower is well worth the effort, though not for the claustrophobic.
The Visitor Centre stocks a good range of postcards, greeting cards, prayer cards, books, gifts and Christian jewellery.

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Friday, 26th August 2022 - Friday, 26th August 2022

portrait of white man with grey hair wearing black tshirt, text underneath says curtis stigers award winning american jazz singerCurtis StigersSt Mary's Church welcomes back a Rye Jazz favourite.
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Saturday, 27th August 2022 - Saturday, 27th August 2022

RoachfordThe talented Andrew Roachford plays at Rye Jazz & Blues Festival.
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Saturday, 27th August 2022 - Saturday, 27th August 2022

poster for stanley jordan concert, man with dark hair and leather jacket holds guitarStanley JordanAmerican jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan comes to Rye Jazz & Blues Festival.
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Sunday, 28th August 2022 - Sunday, 28th August 2022

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Sunday, 28th August 2022 - Sunday, 28th August 2022

Mud MorganfieldMulti-award winning artist Mud Morganfield brings the blues to Rye.
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Monday, 29th August 2022 - Monday, 29th August 2022

portrait of artist Roberta Fonseca wearing trilby hatRoberto Fonseca TrioCuba's most exciting pianist comes to Rye's Jazz & Blues Festival.
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What's Nearby

  1. National Trust's Lamb House is a portal into a world of literary connections.

    0.09 miles away
  2. Many displays on smuggling, military, police, coastal and maritime history and with…

    0.12 miles away
  3. Rye's delightful cinema, café-bar and function venue in renovated Victorian buildings.

    0.13 miles away
  1. The East Street Museum was originally a bottling factory but it now houses exhibitions…

    0.17 miles away
  2. Magic, Monsters and Mystery are all here in this unique immerse interactive family…

    0.17 miles away
  3. Not just a model, but a complete sound and light show that brings the history of Rye…

    0.2 miles away
  4. Rye Bay E-bikes is a small, family run electric bike company currently based just south…

    0.83 miles away
  5. Camber Castle was one link in the chain of forts built along the south coast by Henry…

    1 miles away
  6. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is an important wildlife site set in an exceptional coastal…

    1.26 miles away
  7. Join our boat trips departing from Rye Harbour and head out to sea for an exhilarating…

    1.46 miles away
  8. Join us on a sea safari from Rye Harbour and see how many seals you can spot.

    1.48 miles away
  9. All the family can participate in watersports at our beautiful lake situated between Rye…

    1.56 miles away
  10. This stunning stretch of sandy beach is home to the only sand dune system in East Sussex.…

    1.6 miles away
  11. The Museum will re-open in May 2022. Winchelsea Court Hall Musuem illustrates the rich…

    1.98 miles away
  12. A family-run wine estate at Winchelsea in East Sussex, producing a small and exciting…

    2.76 miles away
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