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Rye Parish Church of St Mary

Rye Parish Church of St Mary in Rye, East Sussex

Rye Parish Church of St Mary
Church Square
Rye
East Sussex
TN31 7HF
01797 224 935
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Rye Jazz Festival - Mica Paris
Saturday, 27th August 2016, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Rye Jazz Festival - Liane Carroll and Joe Stilgoe
Monday, 29th August 2016, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Choral Evensong
Sunday, 18th September 2016 from 5:00pm
Anna Szalucka - Pianist
Monday, 19th September 2016, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Marwood and Madžar
Tuesday, 20th September 2016 from 7:30pm
Tzu-Yin Huang - Pianist
Wednesday, 21st September 2016, 7:30pm - 10:15pm
Busch Trio - Classical Concert
Thursday, 22nd September 2016, 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Many Voices Concert - Singing
Saturday, 24th September 2016, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
The Italian Job - La Serenissima
Wednesday, 28th September 2016, 7:30pm - 10:15pm

For almost 900 years the Parish Church of Rye, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, has dominated the hill on which the old town stands. It has stood through good times and bad. In 1377 when the town was looted and set on fire by French invaders the church was extensively damaged. The roof fell in and the bells were carried off to France. They were recovered the next year when men from Rye and Winchelsea sailed to Normandy and took them back!

In 1742 a murder took place in the churchyard when Allen Grebell was killed by John Breeds who mistook him for the Mayor. John Breeds was hung and his remains placed in an iron cage on Gibbets Marsh. Later this was moved to the church and later still to the Town Hall where it is to this day. The grave of Allen Grebell can be seen in the Clare Chapel.

There are several interesting stained glass windows in the church, although none are very old. The most beautiful is by Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1891) in memory of Mary Tiltman and can be seen in the North Aisle.

Today St Mary's is a popular destination for tourists who come to see the oldest church turret clock in the country which is still functioning. It dates from 1561-2 and has an 18ft long pendulum (a much later addition) which can be seen swinging in the body of the church. 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.

The photograph above shows the Burne-Jones Window.

The church is open daily from 9 am - 6 pm (4 pm in winter). The tower is also open daily and can be climbed, for a charge, to see the clock mechanism, the bells and a wonderful view of Rye and the surrounding countryside.
Regular services take place as follows:

Sunday Services

- 8.00am. Holy Communion (Traditional)
- 10.30am. Parish Eucharist (Modern)1st Sunday ~ Family Service
- 6.00pm. Evensong (Traditional)~ most Sundays
- Thursdays: 10.00am. Holy Communion (Modern)

Parish Records: All parish records of baptism/marriage/death are kept in East Sussex County Records Office:

The Maltings, Castle Precincts, Lewes BN7 1YT
Tel: 01273 482 359
Fax: 01273 482 341


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What's On in Rye?

  • Santus Circus

    Wednesday 24th August for 6 days
    Location: East Guldeford

    Traditional circus with a French flavour. The 2016 production is titled 'Legends'. It includes top international artistes from Brazil, Ethiopia, ... more

  • Nature Treasure Trail

    Wednesday 24th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Rye Harbour Family Drop In Event Follow the trail around the reserve, hunt for the clues, solve the puzzles and ... more

  • Children's Craft Afternoon

    Thursday 25th August @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    £2 per child with accompanying adult Suits ages 4-10 years Children’s Craft Afternoon - Have fun making pirate themed crafts. ... more

  • Phil Law and Friends

    Thursday 25th August
    Location: Rye

    Phil Law and Friends - jazz, blues and more at the Standard Inn, The Mint, Rye. A Free event. ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 25th August @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

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  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 26th August @ 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

  • Wild Woodland Holiday Club

    Friday 26th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    A whole day of fun for children aged 6-11 as we mark the end of the summer with woodcrafts, campfire ... more

  • Andy Williams - Solo Guitar

    Friday 26th August @ 6:00pm
    Location: Rye

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  • Jazz Train

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    Location: Rye

    The Jazz Festival welcomes the great duo Bernie and Steve who blend jazz and latin rhythms - entrance £5 (includes ... more

  • Rye Bay Crew

    Friday 26th August @ 8:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye Bay Crew - 2 classically trained singers, a versatile guitarist and singing shipwright swing into the Festival with many ... more

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