Rye Castle

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Rye Castle
Part of the City of Rye
East Sussex in England
The Ypres Tower
The Ypres Tower
Location in England
Location in England
Rye Castle
Location in England
Coordinates 50°56′59.35″N 0°44′8.11″E / 50.9498194°N 0.7355861°E / 50.9498194; 0.7355861Coordinates: 50°56′59.35″N 0°44′8.11″E / 50.9498194°N 0.7355861°E / 50.9498194; 0.7355861
Type Castle
Site information
Open to
the public
Condition Standing
Site history
Built 1249[1]
Built by King Henry III
In use 1249-

Rye Castle, also known as Ypres Tower, was built in 1249,[2] and is situated in Rye, East Sussex, England. It was Henry III who gave permission for the castle to be built as part of the defense against the frequent raids by the French. At the time, the coast was under constant threat from the French, who were warring with England.

As one of the cinque ports towns, Rye was given privileges in exchange for its support, and the defensive structure of Ypres Tower provided this support.

Rye Castle Museum[edit]

Ypres Tower is one of two sites of Rye Castle Museum and is a grade I listed building.[3] Exhibits in the tower include locally-made medieval pottery, an embroidery depicting many aspects of Rye life and history, medieval artifacts, activities and town maps.

The East Street Site, a former brewer's bottling factory, is the main exhibit area for the Rye Castle Museum. Opened in 1999,[4] the local history exhibits include fire fighting equipment, trade changes caused by the sea's retreat, maritime history and shipbuilding, antique toys and games, photos, town seals, and archaeological artifacts.


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