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Lewes War Memorial

On leaving Rye we travelled along the south coast through East Sussex using the A 27, past the Falmer Stadium (known as the Amex) on Brighton’s outskirts, just before the turning for Lewes, the county town.

I didn’t see any Art Deco but there was a War Memorial, perched on a traffic island halfway up the High Street.

It’s topped by a winged figure of Victory. Apart from the dedication, the shields attached to the base of the memorial bear Great War names:-

War Memorial, Lewes

From north:-

The right-hand shield at the bottom here has the dedication, “In memory of the men of Lewes who died for their country and for mankind n the Great War 1914-1918.” The column above it is inscribed, “Likewise remember those of this town who gave their lives in the war 1939-1945.” The rectangular plaque has names for World War 2:-

Lewes War Memorial

From west:-

Lewes, War Memorial

From east. The column is inscribed, “This was their finest hour” and again the rectangular plaque has WW2 names:-

War Memorial, Lewes, Sussex

View From Ypres Tower, Rye, East Sussex

From the top of Ypres Tower (Rye Castle) there is a view across the River Rother – into which the River Tillingham flows just by the Tower – out to the sea. As seen in this photo.

View from Ypres Tower, Rye

Turning left to look east the building in the foreground below used to be a Women’s Prison:-

view from Ypres Tower (Women's prison), Rye, East Sussex

The Ypres Castle Inn also lies just below the Tower:-

Ypres Castle Inn, Rye, East Sussex

I mentioned before that Ypres Tower is a museum. As well as containing exhibits relating to the history of Rye – including a relief map showing how the sea used to lap around the town in Roman Times and its gradual retreat thereafter – there is a broadsword from which part of the Cross of Sacrifice in British War Cemeteries was modelled by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Original Cross of Sacrifice in Ypres Tower, Rye

Rye, East Sussex, England

Our furthest flung destination in September last year was Rye in East Sussex. The good lady had always wanted to visit as she is a keen fan of E F Benson’s Mapp and Lucia books and they were set in Rye where Benson lived for a long time. He in fact became mayor of the town.

Benson called his fictional town Tilling, naming it after the (very tidal) River Tillingham which flows through the town and on whose banks our hotel stood.

River Tillingham, Rye, East Sussex, England

Rye, River Tillingham

River Tillingham at Rye

Rye, River Tillingham and Buildings

River Tillingham (and River Haven Hotel, the main building over the river):-

River Tillingham and River Haven Hotel, Rye

Bellwatch Lane, Rye. I believe this bell was set up here to warn of French invaders:-

Belllwatch Lane, Rye

Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Wales

Last September we made a trip down south, mainly for the good lady finally to see Rye in East Sussex.

However, our first stop was at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales. Yes, it was William Ewart Gladstone‘s Library (his second in fact, his first was a tin tabernacle on the same site) but it also now doubles as a hotel and meeting/conference site.

Stitch of main building frontage:-

Gladstone's Library stitch

Ground floor corridor to Gladstone Room:-

Corridor in Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Wales

On the wall of the Gladstone Room was a photograph of the original tin tabernacle library:-

original Gladstone's Library 1

Gladstone Room:-

Gladstone Library, drawing  Room

Gladstone Room

Gladstone Room

The other end of the corridor leads to the Theology Room where Gladstone’s books on Theology are kept:-

Gladstone’s Library, Corridor + Door to Theology Room

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