Deadmans Lane – a lost opportunity?

A walk on the narrow side: Deadmans Lane, Rye

The recent closure of Deadmans lane for emergency services work brought into sharp focus the traffic arrangements for accessing the town centre. Basically that if you wish to access from the main A259 coast road there are but two choices, via Deadmans Lane or via Wish Street. Coming from the north and wishing to get to the High Street with Deadmans Lane closed means a series of ever-decreasing circles via South Undercliff, Wish Street and Cinque Ports Street.

Given the importance and traffic volumes of Deadmans Lane, what a pity that while the closure was in place the opportunity of filling numerous potholes and resurfacing the lane was not taken up. On reopening, the same holes remained, now supplemented by the minimum filling of the new main laid in. Given the difficulty of access for maintenance of this busy road, it would be interesting to learn why the whole surface wasn’t replaced? A lost opportunity indeed.

Image Credits: Rye News library.


  1. How one must agree with John steadman’s, ,comments about Deadmans lane, one of Ryes busiest thoroughfares, one must also ask Councillors Ampthill, and Glazier what happened about the empty promises from them, over 12 months ago, to remove the unsightly and dangerous railings, from the perimeter of Mountfield place.

  2. We all agree about the importance of Deadman’s Lane. Re lost opportunities… It would have been so simple with the new development to take enough footage to provide a narrow pavement – just wide enough for a pedestrian. It is surprising how many pedestrians use the route for the same reasons cars do. Perhaps Lord Ampthill might be prevailed upon to not only remove the railing but generously provide a few feet of his land for a footpath?

  3. When we the DOYLES moved down from London 41 years ago it was for two reasons the price of property a lot cheaper , and the better education our four children had under Mr Fookes partly , since then the property prices have slightly encreased but the running of the Rye , and East Sussex CC has remained stagnant .
    Let’s have some fresh blood in the councils , all the bickering that goes on as having worked within the umbrella of ESCC believe you me , there is so much back slapping that goes on , you wouldn’t think it was possible .

  4. Deadmans Lane should not have to wait for ‘an opportunity’ . I was pro active in getting it made One Way having become a regular user several years ago when to my astonishment , people had to fight for the right of way to transit the lane. Ever since then and before it is regularly used by pedestrians who are brave enough to exercise their right to make traffic wait while they walk down the Lane. The ‘health and safety ‘ issues of the lane are obvious and one would expect the relevant authority to deal with it for fear of having to defend their position if a nasty accident happened . Let’s not wait any longer and get that pavement put in place and the potentially ‘killer’ iron work removed.
    Martin Grenfell

  5. I am suprised both councillors Ampthil and Glazier, are not responding to the letters of concern over this dangerous lane, as it was these two who promised to address this on going problem,over 12 months ago, and surely the decent thing would be to let one know, what is going on, because this problem, could lead to a serious accident,and then who is going to take the blame,if it should happen.

  6. Surely now is the time for a pavement to be put in place with all the earth moving equipment it would take to do the job actually on site now.


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