This website uses cookies to help us make your user experience better. To find out more, see our privacy policy.

Looking for a Hotel in Rye?

River Haven Hotel … find out more

St Mary's Church Tower

St Mary's Church Tower in Rye, East Sussex

Rye Parish Church Of St Mary
Church Square
East Sussex
TN31 7HF
01797 224 935
Send E-Mail
An Audience with Rick Wakeman
Thursday, 8th December 2016 from 8:00pm

This clock, which for over four hundred years has recorded the passing of the hours for the towns-people of Rye, was made during the years 1560-2 by a man from Winchelsea named Lewys Billiard. The Churchwarden's accounts show the cost to have been £33.18.0. which would have been about £250 today. It is said to be the oldest turret clock still operational with its original works in England.

The dial and Quarter Boys date from the year 1700. The pendulum beats but once in two and a quarter seconds. It is dated 1810.

In 1958 the clock was cleaned for the first time in thirty two years.

The photos above include view looking North and North West from the Tower


What's On in Rye?

  • Uncle Harry's War

    Tuesday 25th October @ 7:00pm
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam and District Historical Society present a talk by John Nicholson - from Ramsgate to the western desert and beyond. ... more

  • Rye Ukulele Experiment

    Tuesday 25th October @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye Ukulele Experiment offer Piggy themed songs with Wild Boar nibbles and lots more and free tasting of our Boar ... more

  • Rye Farmers Market

    Wednesday 26th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Come to Rye Farmers’ Market for great tasting, local, seasonal produce. Our producers raise, grow, catch, bake and make their ... more

  • Collect and Create Plant Pots

    Thursday 27th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Rye Harbour Family Event Gather seeds from some of our special plants, and then paint a pot to plant them ... more

  • Children's Craft Afternoon

    Thursday 27th October @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A fun afternoon making a variety of autumn themed crafts – items to make and take home. £2 per ... more

  • Jamie Smart at the Standard Inn

    Thursday 27th October
    Location: Rye

    Jamie Smart is a local singer / songwriter known for his fabulous singing voice and songs of longing, love and ... more

  • Jazz Supper At Rye Cricket Club

    Thursday 27th October
    Location: Rye

    Join Roger Lewin piano, Dave Silk contra-cello, and Jacci Norris with vocals, for the Jazz Supper Night in Wild Boar ... more

  • Branagh Theatre Live at the Kino

    Thursday 27th October
    Location: Rye

    Screening live from the Garrick Theatre to Kino Rye. - The Entertainer. Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John ... more

  • Mick Bolton at the Globe Marsh Inn

    Thursday 27th October
    Location: Rye

    Mick Bolton plays live at the Globe Marsh Inn,Military Road, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7NX ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 28th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market sells local produce which includes: Cakes, Preserves, Savouries, Free Range Eggs, Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit, Unusual Plants, ... more


Rye Message Board