Church of St. Mary the Virgin


The Church of St. Mary the Virgin stands on the highest part of Rye and for centuries its tower was used as a lookout. The chancel was probably complete by 1120 but little of this early work remains. Left in a ruinous state in 1377, a certain amount of rebuilding took place, but due to various disagreements and loss of revenues, the building was sadly neglected. By 1701 it was so bad that the king was petitioned, and enough money was raised to ensure that the building was at least safe enough for worship.
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Rye and the Cinque Ports

06 July 2001


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