Cute Cuddly Toys
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Featured in Gems – July 2011
These cute toys were displayed in the basement window of a shop in Rye. It would have been easy to miss them as the window was less than a foot or so off the ground.
Rye is a rich maritime maze of cobbled streets that has long been a haven for artists and writers. Among its illustrious former residents are author EF Benson, Henry James, Edith Wharton and even HG Wells! Today, Rye’s charming blend of antiques shops and art galleries attracts visitors from all over the world. Nearby Camber’s stunning stretch of sandy beach is the perfect get-away with miles of unspoilt coast and the only sand dune system in East Sussex.
The Saxons called it ‘Atter Ie’, meaning ‘on the island’. Over the years this was altered to ‘Atte Rie’, and finally to just Rye .
During 1287 AD a severe storm hit the channel, and the movement of shingle from Dungeness blocked the outlet of the Rother at New Romney , the river changed its path to its current position to Rye. Due to this major piece of good fortune the town was together with its neighbour Winchelsea linked to the Cinque Ports as an ‘Antient Town’ in 1289 AD, and was responsible for supplying ships to the English Fleet.
In the same year it was given the status of a Royal Borough.
In 1377 and 1448 the city was burned down by the French. From the 15th Century, its importance declined, due to raids by the French, and the silting up of the estuary and the build up of shingle along the foreshore. However its fishing fleet remains important, and still survives today – the boats unload their catches on the quayside on the Eastern side of the town. Text courtesy of VillageNet
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