Rye Foreign

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Rye Foreign
Hare and Hounds, Rye Foreign - geograph.org.uk - 300281.jpg
Rye Foreign is located in East Sussex
Rye Foreign
Rye Foreign
Rye Foreign shown within East Sussex
Area 3.9 km2 (1.5 sq mi) [1]
Population 335 (Parish-2011)[2]
• Density 238/sq mi (92/km2)
OS grid reference TQ900225
• London 51 miles (82 km) NW
Civil parish
  • Rye Foreign
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RYE
Postcode district TN31
Dialling code 01797
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
East Sussex
50°58′N 0°43′E / 50.97°N 0.71°E / 50.97; 0.71Coordinates: 50°58′N 0°43′E / 50.97°N 0.71°E / 50.97; 0.71

Rye Foreign is a village and civil parish in the Rother district of East Sussex, England. It is located three miles (4.8 km) north-west of Rye. The name of the parish came about in 1247, when King Henry III, resumed control of Rye and Winchelsea from the Abbey of Fecamp, but left part of the area still under the Abbey: hence Rye Foreign.[3] There is no parish church, although the building still stands in secular use.

Apart from the scattered village of Rye Foreign, the parish also includes Bowler's Town and Springfield.[4]

The parish was formed in 1894 from the part of the ancient parish of Rye outside the borough of Rye. From 1894 to 1934 it was part of the rural district of Hastings. From 1934 to 1974 it was in the Battle Rural District.

The local inns are the Royal Oak and the Hare and Hounds.[5]


The Site of Special Scientific Interest Leasam Heronry Wood is to be found within the parish. The site is a nationally important heronry with around fifty pairs breeding here.[6]


  1. ^ "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 26 April 2008.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  3. ^ Notes on Rye Foreign
  4. ^ Map showing parish boundaries[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Hare and Hounds: includes information about the church
  6. ^ "Natural England - SSSI". English Nature. Retrieved 27 September 2008.

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