RYE: PAINTINGS AND LIMITED EDITION GICLEE PRINTS (2005-2007)
Rye, East Sussex, One of the historic Cinque ports of the South East coast

COLIN BAILEY
ARTIST & PRINTMAKER
RYE
Giclee prints
WATCHBELL STREET FLOWERS, RYE
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £75

Open prints available from £20 click on image for details
SLIP DOWN MERMAID STREET, RYE
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £75

Open prints available from £20 click on image for details
SPRING UP MERMAID STREET, RYE
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £75

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ST ANTHONY’S, CHURCH SQUARE, RYE
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £75

Open prints available from £20 click on image for details
HYLANDS YARD, RYE
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £75

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OLD VICARAGE SNOW, RYE
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £75

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SLIP DOWN MERMAID STREET AGAIN,
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £75

Open prints available from £20 click on image for details
DOWN MERMAID STREET, RYE
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £75

Open prints available from £20 click on image for details
WATCHBELL STREET, RYE
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £75

Open prints available from £20 click on image for details
Snow on the roofs and cobbles of Mermaid Street in Rye, East Sussex
Spring sunshine on the Tudor buildings in Mermaid Street, Rye East Sussex
View down Mermaid Street past the Mermaid Inn,Rye, East Sussex
More snow on the roofs and cobbles of Mermaid Street in Rye, East Sussex!
View down Watchbell street in Rye to the Hope and Anchor to the hills beyond
view down Watchbell street in Rye to the Hope and Anchor to the hills beyond
St Anthony's - the timber framed Tudor building on the corner of Church Square and Watchbell Street
Early morning snow on the gravestones of Church Square in Rye with the Pink painted Old Vicarage in the background.
Hylands yard, the passage leading between The Mint and the back of the Mermaid Inn in Rye.
Rye is a small hill top town and in East Sussex, England, on the River Rother, and at the western edge of the Walland Marsh, part of the Romney Marshes. Notable buildings in the town include St Mary's church, the Ypres Tower (pronounced locally "wipers"), Lamb House and many of the houses on Mermaid Street, Watchbell Street, and Church Square. About the Area

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The name of Rye is believed to come from Norman French "la Rie" meaning a bank. Medieval maps shows that Rye was originally located on a huge embayment of the English Channel called the Rye Camber, which provided a safe anchorage and harbour.
The River Rother originally took an easterly course to flow into the sea near what is now New Romney. Rye, as one of the two "Antient Townes" (Winchelsea being the other) 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 order to defend the town from the French in 1249 as "Baddings Tower" and later named after its owner John de Ypres. It is now home 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. Rye was originally a port but the storms of the 13th century (particularly 1250 and 1287) were to cut the town off from the sea, destroy Old Winchelsea and change the course of the Rother.
The the sea and the river combined in about 1375 to destroy the eastern part of the town and ships began use the current area (the Strand) to off-load their cargoes. Two years later the town was sacked and burnt by the French, and it was ordered that the town walls be completed as a defence against foreign raiders.
Constant work had to be undertaken to stop the gradual silting-up of the river and the harbour: Acts of Parliament had to be passed to enable it to be kept navigable. Even so, Rye was considered one of the finest of the Cinque Ports, but With the coming of bigger ships and larger ports, Rye's economy began to decline, and fishing and particularly smuggling became more lucrative. Imposition of taxes on goods had already encouraged the latter trade since 1301, but by the end of the 17th century it became widespread throughout Kent and Sussex, with wool being the largest commodity. When luxury goods were also added, smuggling became a criminal pursuit, and groups; such as the Hawkhurst Gang who met in the Mermaid Inn in Mermaid Street, turned to murder and were subsequently hanged. Taxes on alchohol and tobacco have kept the tradition alive!
RYE  LINKS
The Hope Anchor
The Hope Anchor is a mid 18th Century Hotel built at the end of one of the most delightful streets in Rye

Fletchers House Tea Rooms
2 Lion Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7LB
Tel / Fax: 01797 222 227
Mob: 07790 668 514

White Horses B&B
Olde world charm
by the sea
180 the Parade
Greatstone on Sea
Romney Marsh,
KENT TN28 8RS

Rye Lodge Hotel
Hilders Cliff, Rye
East Sussex TN31 7LD,
United Kingdom
TEL: 01797 223838
The Knoll
Bed and breakfast, Rye
32 Military Road, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7NY
TEL: 01797 225086
Mermaid Street,Rye East Sussex. Probably Rye’s best known hotel!
Rye, East Sussex. Overlooking the Strand; a bohemian meeting place that both inspires & relaxes!
Rye, East Sussex Accommodation, Self Catering, Bed and Breakfast, B&B, Hotels, Restaurants, Tourist Information, Things to Do, Shops.
Visit Rye
Visit Rye is the official tourist and local business website for Rye, East Sussex. Visit Rye provides information for visitors looking to stay, eat, etc
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With its population of about 4500 Rye, which has remained constant since Tudor times has a small, close knit community. Its isolation on the edge of the Romney Marsh and its proximity to London has led to it being a favourite retreat amongst artist and writers:
Rye has attracted many literary figures including Henry James, Conrad Aitken, Joseph Conrad, H G Wells, G K Chesterton, whereas others like John Ryan, Malcolm Saville and Monica Edwards have dreamt up popular stories such as the swashbuckling adventures of Captain Pugwash.  One of Rye's most famous and best loved authors is probably E F Benson, a one time Mayor of Rye, and writer of the Mapp and Lucia series of books whose fictional town of Tilling was based on Rye.
Artists like Paul Nash and Edward Burra lived in Rye which, together with the surrounding coastline, has been painted by artists such as Van Dyck, Whistler, the Pre-Raphaelites and John Piper.  
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RECOMMENDED ITEMS
These items, available from Amazon are some of those I have personally owned and can recommend. Around Rye in Old Photographs is one of the first books I bought when moving to Rye and almost every house in Rye has a copy - as almost every house in Rye is in it!
An Ordinance Survey map is essential for any visit to Rye - walk 15 minutes in any direction and you will be on a footpath and fields full of sheep.
Anyone familiar with the Mapp and Lucia books by EH Benson (who lived in the town) will know that “Tilling” is actually Rye! This set of DVDs with Prunella Scales, Geraldine McEwan and Nigel Hawthorne was filmed in Rye and features many local landmarkks