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West Street, Rye

By Sezz    
A very cold January day in Rye with some fellow epz'rs - we were on an alphabet challenge but I couldn't help but stop and take this one.. that strip of light!

Medieval maps show that Rye was originally located on a huge embayment of the English Channel called the Rye Camber, which provided a safe anchorage and harbour. Probably as early as Roman times, Rye was important as a place of shipment and storage of iron from the Wealden Iron Industry. The Mermaid Inn originally dates to 1156. Rye, as part of the Saxon Manor of Rameslie, was given to the Benedictine Abbey of Fťcamp in Normandy by King ∆thelred; it was to remain in Norman hands until 1247.

As one of the two "Antient Townes" (Winchelsea being the other), Rye was to become a limb of the Cinque Ports Confederation by 1189, and subsequently a full member. The protection of the town as one of the Cinque Ports was very important, due to the commerce that trading brought. One of the oldest buildings in Rye is Ypres Tower, which was built in 1249 as "Baddings Tower", to defend the town from the French, and was later named after its owner John de Ypres. It is now part of the Rye Museum. Rye received its charter from King Edward I in 1289, and acquired privileges and tax exemptions in return for ship-service for the crown. The "Landgate" (the only surviving one of four original fortified entrances to Rye) dates from 1329 in the early years of the reign of King Edward III. It is still the only vehicular route into the medieval centre of Rye and is suitable only for light vehicles.

My thanks for your time, as always your thoughts/comments are very welcome.
Regards - Sarah J x

Tags: Architecture Cobbles Rye East sussex South east West street

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TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
25 Jan 2013 6:06PM
What a beautiful and quaint town this is, I remember visiting here way back in 1992 when on holiday in Eastbourne. And what a wonderful pub the Mermaid Inn is too...had lunch there! Smile
A super capture here, Sarah, and love that shaft of light Smile
Trev Smile

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lovely shot like the light like from me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
25 Jan 2013 6:42PM
That shaft of Light really brings this image to life Sarah, lovely shot.

John Smile
Richsr 11 91 223 England
25 Jan 2013 7:18PM
Like shaft of light and good details in this Sarah, but this street is not as empty in the summer
Regards Richard
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
25 Jan 2013 7:37PM
A most informative intro to the shot which demanded it's capture that shaft of light just making the shot something special.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 7:38PM
Did you get "A" for the sign of the black swan

From the Antipodes aren't they?Wink

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
25 Jan 2013 10:34PM
A lovely shaft of light. Beautifully captured.......Sandy
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 11:10PM
Perhaps the most interesting street in one of my favourite towns . . .
The shaft of light is remarkable. I'll have to consider looking downhill next time there as well as uphill!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 11:16PM
Sings quietly to herself, Ah yes, I remember it well...
DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
26 Jan 2013 8:59AM
Wonderful image and some very interesting information.

I just love it when the photographer puts some information with the picture as it adds so much to the experience of viewing it. Thank You Sarah. Smile Smile Smile

JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
26 Jan 2013 10:23AM
It may have been very cold but what gorgeous light and I know there is a nice coffee shop around the corner to warm up in Wink

As for the alphabet, looking down the cobbled street Barclay's Bank is on " T " junction, or is that stretching the imagination just a bit too much ? Smile
Sezz 13 617 15 England
26 Jan 2013 12:03PM
Thank you all for your time & comments appreciated!

Jeff it's a shame you couldn't of made the challenge meet, I'm sure you would have done well, I struggled to find all the letters, others found it very easy!

Sarah x
oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 3:14PM
Whats this then Sarah ? ,where's the snow Tongue,lovely shot of the cobbled street and buildings Wink
ps wanna trade some sun for a few skips of snow ? if u do im yer man !!!!!Tongue
26 Jan 2013 10:43PM
No cars and no people - and maybe be the quaintest Barclays Bank in the country!

RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 5:58PM
Such a beautiful street and that wonderful strip of light really makes this image special!

What a well composed image, and I just love that splash of light so well spotted

Sezz 13 617 15 England
29 Jan 2013 1:49PM
Thank you gentlemen and to all those who clicked also, appreciated Smile

Sarah x
John_Horner 12 12 2 England
31 Jan 2013 4:50PM
Colours, uprights, angle and composition. all so well captured Sarah. Well done u.

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