Reviving the Landgate

The Landgate at end of 2017

I recently wrote an opinion piece in Rye News about the sad state of the Landgate, and have received a lot of comments in support of my views. I have heard from people who would like to be involved in some kind of “Friends of the Landgate” and others who took considerable time to explain the history of attempts to stabilise and restore it. To all of you, I would like to say thank you! I really wasn’t expecting such involvement.

As I seem to have started up some interest in this, I have decided to try and move forward, by holding a meeting, hopefully at St Mary’s Centre,  to see what interest there may be in moving on a very tight and focussed project, the aim of which would be limited to helping Rother District Council achieve the stabilisation of the walls of this stunning building, and exploring options for a basic covering over the top to prevent the ubiquitous buddleia and the ever present pigeons and gulls from getting into the structure.

This will involve first researching what has happened, and I know that some of the people who replied have a lot of knowledge, asking the Conservation Society for their views and contacting Rother to offer to help and to look into any charitable grants, few and far between though I think they are, as a beginning. I have been very briefly in touch with Jo Kirkham at the museum, as I did not want to get in the way of their work, and rather hope to gain more from their wisdom. Their knowledge of a Grade 1 listed scheduled monument is enormous, I know.

I need to work out exactly what I have in mind to present to the meeting, so everyone who attends is able to make their views known and improve on the initial ideas. I think that a time limited and structured piece of work has the best chance of succeeding.

An obvious first step, in any case, would be to establish Facebook and Twitter pages as social media is a clear winner for something like this. Any other ideas?  Bring them to the meeting. The time and date will follow shortly, after the wonders of the Rye Arts Festival, which will be occupying a lot of us in a very enjoyable way.

Photo: Gillian Roder


  1. Driving home to Winchelsea past the Landgate. It used to be a beacon of ‘Coming home’. Now a crop of weeds growing from the tower. No Flags. No nothing. This iconic Rye building and such an important part of our historic past is so sadly neglected. Can’t the Town Council afford some really basic maintenance and fly a flag to welcome visitors to the town rather than the sad, pathetic weedy welcome that visitors receive at present? It almost goes unnoticed. Very Sad

  2. Very glad that finally my proposal made some years ago to form a ‘Friends of the Landgate’ group is being taken up and developed. Hoping to be as involved as my schedule allows

  3. Alan Bolden

    I’d be very interested in being able to attend that inaugural meeting aimed at forming a ‘Friends of the Landgate’ …. tel : 227150
    address : 11, Jarretts Close, Market Road, TN31 7PZ.


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