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

Looking for a Holiday Cottage in Rye?

Forge Mews Cottage … 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
Rye
East Sussex
TN31 7HF
01797 224 935
Send E-Mail
Import to your address book ...

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


Event

What's On in Rye?

  • Nature Refocused: Water and Woodland

    Wednesday 4th August for 12 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    The Red Door Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition hosted by Scarlett Woodman and Hannah Buchanan between 4th ... more

  • Northiam Summer Festival

    Saturday 7th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Spociety's somewhat delayed Summer Festival will be held on Northiam Playing Fields on Saturday 7th August. We will ... more

  • Northiam Summer Festival

    Saturday 7th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's Summer Festival is a chance to relax, listen to live music with local beers, ciders and food ... more

  • Giant Boot Fair

    Sunday 8th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Time to have a clear out! Stallholders from 9am - please bring cash to pay on the gate: £10 for ... more

  • Giant Boot Fair

    Sunday 8th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Time to have a clear-out! Northiam Village Hall's annual Boot Sale is on Sunday 8th August. Stallholders from 9am, Open ... more

  • Tuesday Painters Club of Rye

    Friday 13th August for 10 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    ART EXHIBITION of members' work Open daily 10.00a.m. - 5.30p.m. From Friday13th to Sunday 22nd August Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pen ... more

  • Reflections by Caroline Anderson

    Wednesday 18th August for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Caroline Anderson is a creative arts psychotherapist and a sky seascape artist. The influence of her life on Sark runs ... more

  • Beckley Church Fete

    Monday 30th August @ 1:00pm
    Location: Beckley

    Beckley Church Fete - Bank Holiday Monday Fun for all including:- - brass band - dog show with prizes - ... more

  • Rye Flower and Veg Show

    Saturday 4th September @ 8:30am
    Location: Rye

    The annual "open to everyone" Flower and Veg Show with classes and prizes for vegetables, fruit, flowers, plants, photography, cookery ... more

  • Colour and Light

    Wednesday 15th September for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Red Door are delighted to welcome back Clare Summons and Maggie Brand. Clare and Maggie are 2 ex teachers embarking ... more

Message

Rye Message Board