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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Mermaid Inn, Rye, East Sussex, Part 2

The entrance hallway looking down to the Giant's Fireplace Bar.
Entering the Mermaid Inn is like walking into another age, it is a beautiful building and a wonderful place to stay for one night or more. As I said in my last blog we were lucky enough to spend a night in the Inn last month, but the first time we stayed there was in 1979, when we had a few days honeymoon there :)

And looking back to the front door.

There are a number of staircases in the Inn, this is the one that we had to go up to get to our room. You can just see the Dining Room on the left of the photo. 

Rows of bottles in the Giants Fireplace Bar.
This lovely building is steeped in history, you can just imagine the Hawkhurst Gang of Smugglers sitting round the fire in the photo below, plotting their next 'run' of illegal goods whilst enjoying a tankard of ale.

A lovely way to spend a chilly afternoon, just dreaming the hours away with a drink or two. We got really cosy in that corner, and were almost reluctant to move to go and get our dinner.

The Cherubs above the the Giants Fireplace,

....and the fire itself :D

This amazing painting of Elizabeth I is painted on the panelling in the hall just outside the Giants Fireplace Bar.

Dr. Syn's Chamber, named after the famous Dr Syn books by Russell Thorndike, this 'chamber' is a Lounge for the residents.

Two views of Dr Syn's Chamber.

Looking out of the window to the other half of the building, which is used for functions.

Another very comfortable Residents Lounge.

A Mermaid statue in the fireplace of the Linen Fold Restaurant.

Above and below are some photos of the gorgeous Restaurant, the food is excellent here, and it is a real treat to eat in such lovely surroundings.

Paintings on the walls of the Restaurant.

The Linen Fold panelling in the Restaurant.

A hunting scene.

The Mermaid water feature in the tiny central court.

This was our room for our mini break, gorgeous, we had a good nights sleep here :)

The fireplace adorned with a lovely painting.

Our room was at the front of the building, overlooking Mermaid Street, which I loved. 

And finally, just two of the saying which can be found on the walls in various places in the Inn.

If ever you find yourself in Rye, do go and find the Mermaid and treat yourselves to a bar meal in the Giants Fireplace Bar, I think you will thoroughly enjoy the visit. 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Mermaid Inn, Rye, East Sussex Part 1

The beautiful Mermaid Inn, Rye.

The original Mermaid Inn was built in the 12th Century, it was rebuilt in 1420, with further alterations done in the Tudor times. At that time Rye was a sea port and the Inn was used by the notorious Hawkhurst Gang of Smugglers. The Inn is situated on the cobbled Mermaid Street, once the main street of the town, which leads down past the Mermaid to what was once the port. Many important people have stayed here, including Queen Elizabeth 1 and Johnny Depp!!

Looking down Mermaid Street, so pretty, although the cobbles are hard to walk on!

Mermaid Street, I took this photo by leaning out of our bedroom window :)

The Mermaid sign again, this time in silhouette.

As I mentioned in my last blog my husband and I spent the night in the Hotel a couple of weeks ago, and had a wonderful, very restful time there.

The front entrance for the pack horses and carts, leading through to the back of the Inn.

The back of the building, with a lovely terrace, the doorway to the Giants Fireplace Bar is on the right, just above the statue.

The famous poem by Rudyard Kipling painted on the wall of the Hotel.

The photos in this blog were taken over a number of years showing the outside of the building, the next blog will show the interior. I have so many photos taken over the years, it has been really hard to chose which ones to include.

One of the Mermaid statues, this one just next to the entrance to the terrace.

Beautiful roses climbing up the back of the building.

Looking through to Mermaid Street from the back of the building.

The side entrance to the Hotel, the building on the right of this photo is used for functions, I would think this would be a fabulous place to have a wedding reception.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Ypres Tower, Rye, East Sussex

This week we had a short break in the beautiful town of Rye in East Sussex, staying one night in the beautiful Mermaid Hotel. The weather when we arrived was not very good, so we decided to visit the Ypres Tower.

The Ypres Tower or Rye Castle as it is sometimes called was probably built in the late 14th Century and looks pretty much the same today as when it was first built. In 1430 the tower was leased to John de Ypres, hence it being known as the Ypres Tower, prior to that time it was known as the 'Baddyngs' Tower.

The entrance to one of the tiny cells,

and one of it inhabitants, still in the Gibbet!

For a lot of its history the building has been used as a prison, with room for 9 - 12 prisoners. The cells can still be seen, they are tiny rooms which could hold a few people, although I am not sure where they slept.

In another cell is a display of herbs which at one time would have been growing in the Medieval Garden.

A wonderful old cell door.

A Pie-dieu in the corner of one of the cells.

Climbing the spiral staircase to the first floor.

Another wonderful old oak door, this one leading outside.

There are some nice displays on the first floor, this is part of the Rye Museum. 

This sculpture caught my eye, I am not sure if it is an animal head.

The Medieval Garden where the herbs were grown. In the corner is the tower housing the Victorian Women's Prison.

The entrance to the women's prison,

and inside one of the cells, which was able to hold two women.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Margate, the Harbour Arm and the Turner Contemporary

The Turner Contemporary as seen from the Harbour Arm. The gallery is built on the site of the guesthouse where Turner stayed when he visited Margate.

Last week my friend Sheila and I had a rare day out together, the weather forecast was not brilliant, so we decided to visit the Turner Contemporary, which neither of us had visited before.

The Shell Lady of Margate, a statue at the end of the Harbour Arm, made of bronze and named after Mrs. Booth who J.M.W Turner lodged with during his visits to Margate.

Part of Margate seafront, as seen from the Harbour Arm.

Sheila very bravely parked on the Harbour Arm, and as the weather was actually quite nice we had a stroll along the Arm, had a cup of coffee, then had a wander through the Old Town before going into the Turner Gallery.

The Turner contemporary -The Exhibits

The first exhibit in the foyer or Sunley Gallery is the magnificent Three Muses by Kashif Nadim Chaudry in conjunction with the gallery's Studio Group. 

The back view of the Serpent, the centrepiece of the Three Muses, the light was not good for getting a very good photo of the front, but below are a couple of photos of the amazing Serpents head.

The Serpent's Head

The head in close up, to show just how amazing it is :D

Above and below are photos of another part of the display, showing the gorgeous fretwork decorations, the scales of the Serpent are also made of these.

And below is part of the third section, this was taken from the gallery upstairs.

An amazing piece of Art!
This is the inside of the lift, a very colourful journey to the first floor. All the walls are painted!

A tapestry, I love the colours on this. 

Tenerife lace, held in place with pieces of quills.

A ceramic lizard covered with crochet work

Bobbins of all sizes

A beautiful piece of textured wood

I was pleased to see these penguins, and was going to send a photo to my daughter, until I noticed the children's shoes instead of feet. These figures do look as if the children are still in the costumes, which I was not keen on.

A forest of hats made with various materials.

And finally a ceramic crab, like the lizard this was covered with crochet work.

There were of course many other exhibits, I hope you enjoy the ones I have shared here. If you are in Margate, both the Harbour Arm and the gallery are well worth a visit, but check first to see what is showing as the exhibitions change regularly.