RYE HIS­TORY TOUR

Sussex Life - - Writer In Residence - by Alan Dick­in­son Louise Du­mas

This new study is a pocket-sized ver­sion of an ear­lier work in Am­ber­ley Pub­lish­ing’s Through Time series which presents his­toric and cur­rent im­ages to­gether to al­low an ex­plo­ration of con­ti­nu­ity and change.

Read­ers will note that in Rye’s case, ar­chi­tec­ture changes much less than fash­ion and trans­port. New ma­te­rial takes the reader through the town in three cir­cu­lar tours ex­am­in­ing the com­mer­cial cen­tre, hill-top cas­tle sur­rounds and port.

One pho­to­graph shows an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal so­ci­ety visit in 1901. Rye has al­ways at­tracted par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est for its en­dur­ing charm, pe­riod ar­chi­tec­ture and lit­er­ary and his­tor­i­cal con­nec­tions. The fact that these sur­vive is due to its geo­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion (Rye is at the con­flu­ence of three rivers), plan­ning con­trols, eco­nomic de­cline and, in some sense, the metic­u­lous doc­u­men­ta­tion of writ­ers such as Alan Dick­in­son.

(Am­ber­ley Pub­lish­ing, £7.99)

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