Literary Rye – Lamb House

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    Lamb House, National Trust

    Lamb House, in the centre of Rye, was once home to American author Henry James and many literary figures visited him there.   Later it was home to E F Benson, who wrote the Mapp and Lucia books which was recently made into a series by the BBC.

    Visitors to Lamb House will be able to find out more about the making of Mapp and Lucia thanks to a small display made possible as the result of location fees for the filming. Bombed during the Second World War, the garden room at Lamb House was recreated for the BBC filming of Mapp and Lucia.

    Lamb House was a much loved home to Henry James who was on a quest for what he called a ‘lowly refuge,’ and it suited his desire for a permanent home away from the bustle of London life. He was 55 when he took out a 21 year lease in 1897 and settled down in the historic house, built by James Lamb in 1722.

    Anna Chancellor in the BBC version of Mapp and Lucia

    Now owned by the National Trust the house is open to visitors.  See website for opening hours

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