The Memorial Care Centre

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Name :

The Memorial Care Centre

Address  :

Peasmarsh Road
Rye Foreign

Town  :

Rye

State  :

East Sussex

Country  :

UK

Post Code:

TN31 7UD

Phone  :

01797 223810

Fax  :

01797 222109

Web URL  :

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About Us
There has been a hospital on our site from the 12th century After the Norman invasion of England in 1066 many monks were brought to England from Normandy to reorganise the AngloNorman church One of their main influences was in rebuilding churches and cathedrals in the Norman style Rye for example The leper hospital of St Bartholomew was part of this programme and was important enough to be virtually selfgoverning between 1189 and 1219 The cult of St Bartholomew came to England in the eleventh century and no fewer than 165 ancient churches and hospitals were dedicated to him In 1290 King Edward I granted a charter for a fair and this fair in 1305 was held on 24th August St Bartholomews Day

Between 1247 and 1415 possession of the hospital land sawed back and forth between England and France every time an English king went to war with France the land was reclaimed by the English monarch In times of peace the King of England was of course happy to return the lands to the French naturally for a very large sum of money

After Henry Vs famous victory at Agincourt French tenure over the hospital lands was severed forever and by 1435 the hospital buildings were in ruins King Charles II having regained the throne of England quartered his troops on the Barrack Field in June 1666 and between 1779 and 1818 the land was commandeered by the Government During this period it was regularly used as a base for troops Rye was still an important crosschannel port and many regiments were barracked there in tented encampments on the site of St Bartholomews Hospital

A permanent Barracks Hospital was built on the site and was still being used as a cottage in 1835 In 1844 a WorkHouse was built housing 436 poor unfortunates and this building became a hospital for the mentally ill which was operational as late as the 1980s

So the site had many stories to tell but that was really just the beginning When demolition of the old Memorial Hospital began in 1994 the members of Rye Local History Group were invited to see if there was anything of historical interest on the site Given only a few weeks in atrocious weather conditions a veritable hoard of artefacts was excavated including coins and pottery from the 13th and 14th centuries and much military memorabilia including officers wig curlers spurs and childrens toy cannon This work was carried out by the then Chairman of Rye Local History Group Eric Wetherill and Mr Peter Dooley the Field Officer for the Group

It was discovered that kilns for firing pottery had been on the site since medieval times and pottery dating back 800 years was discovered Among the many fragments found was this one showing a decorative face applied to a late 13thearly 14th century pot

Without Mr Eric Wetherill and Mr Peter Dooley of the Rye Local History Group these artefacts would have been lost forever And so would the old Hospital Bell but thats another story

I am greatly indebted to Eric Wetherill for his help and advice and for the loan of some of his material and to Allan Downend Curator of Rye Castle Museum for permission to reproduce the sketch of the 13th of Foot encampment
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