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Mapp & Lucia's Rye


A guide to the locations of Tilling set in Rye

1985-1986 Channel 4 (LWT) TV Locations

Point Farm, Camber

Grebe (Channel 4 Series)

Lucia bought Grebe after renting “Mallards” and later bought it from Mapp who moved to Grebe. Channel 4 use Point Farm in Camber for Grebe. The books show Grebe as Playden House in Military Road. ... read more

3 Watchbell Street

Major Benjy’s House (Channel 4 Series)

Channel 4 uses 3 Watchbell Street as the resident of “Major Benjy” Flint. The books place his house adjacent to Lamb House. The Old Custom’s House in Church Square is used in the BBC series. ... read more

3 Church Square

Taormina (Channel 4 Series)

Taormina is the residence of “Quaint” Irene Coles. The Channel 4 production shows Quaint Irene as living in 3 Church Square (or Pump Street as it is known locally!). The BBC production puts this house at 4 Watchbell Street and the books place Taormina in the coach house in-between 16 and 17 West Street. ... read more

Swans House Cottage, Watchbell Street

Mallards (Channel 4 Series)

Mallards, the home of Mapp, rented to Lucia is set in Swans House Cottage, Watchbell Street in the Channel 4 series. The BBC chose to use the original location depicted in the books; Lamb House. ... read more

The Mermaid Inn, Mermaid Street

The Trader’s Arms (Channel 4 Series)

The Trader’s Arms is where Lucia and Georgie spend the night on their visit to Tilling. In the Channel 4 series, this is set at The Mermaid Inn. The BBC series however use the Ypres Castle Inn. The original location of the Trader’s Arms from Benson’s books is the Hope Anchor Hotel on Watchbell Street. ... read more

Honey Pot House, 11 Watchbell Street

Wasters (Channel 4 Series)

Wasters is the home of Godiva (Diva) Plaistow and rented to Mapp whilst her house is in turn let to Lucia. Channel 4 places Wasters at 11 Watchbell Street and is now known as Honey Pot House. In the books, Wasters is referred to as either 14 or 17 High Street as E F Benson gave no ... read more

Swann Emporium, Mermaid Street

Worthington and Twemlow (Channel 4 Series)

In the Channel 4 series, what is now the Swann Emporium (on the corner of Mermaid Street and West Street) is used for both Worthington butchers and Twemlow grocer. The recent BBC series showed Worthington butchers in the Butter Market, under Rye’s Town Hall. It has been worked out that the books refer to Worthington ... read more

Fleetwood Cottage, Watchbell Street

Mallards Cottage (Channel 4 Series)

Channel 4 used Fleetwood Cottage, 29 Watchbell Street for Mallards Cottage (where Georgie Pillson lived) in their 80’s Production In the BBC Series, Lamb Cottage was used for the exterior of Mallards Cottage  which was also the location of Mallards Cottage in the books. The interior of Mallards Cottage in the BBC adaption used the House With Two Front Doors ... read more

Rye Golf Club, Camber

The Links

Throughout the books and TV series, Rye Golf Club is used as the location for The Links. ... read more

Ypres Castle, Gun Garden

Ypres Tower

The Ypres Tower is a landmark that exists both in Tilling and in Rye! Thought to have been built  in 1249, forming part of the town’s defences, the tower is the second oldest building open to the public in Rye. The oldest being the Parish Church of St Mary. To find out how the Tower can ... read more