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Mapp & Lucia's Rye


A guide to the locations of Tilling set in Rye

2014 BBC TV Locations

The House With Two Front Doors, Mermaid Street

Mallards Cottage (Interior, BBC Series)

The interior of Mallards Cottage where Georgie Pillson lived (in the BBC adaption) used The House With Two Front Doors in Mermaid Street. For the exterior of Mallards Cottage in the recent BBC series, Lamb Cottage was used. This was also the location of Mallards Cottage in the books. Channel 4 used 29 Watchbell Street in ... 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

St Anthony’s, Church Square

Starling Cottage (Interior, BBC Series)

Mr and Mrs Wyse are shown to live at St Anthony’s in Church Square for the interior shots (exterior shots shown as Hartshorn House in Mermaid Street). The books have Starling Cottage as being at Robin Hill in Mermaid Street. ... read more

Hartshorn House, Mermaid Street

Starling Cottage (Exterior, BBC Series)

Mr and Mrs Wyse are shown to live at Hartshorn House in Mermaid Street for the exterior shots (interior shots shown as St Anthony’s in Church Square). The books have Starling Cottage as being at Robin Hill in Mermaid Street. ... read more

The Old Custom’s House, Church Square

Major Benjy’s House (BBC Series)

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

4 Watchbell Street

Taormina (BBC Series)

Taormina is the residence of “Quaint” Irene Coles. The BBC production puts this house at 4 Watchbell Street. Currently the owner of this property still hasn’t taken down the BBC’s “Taormina” prop … so if you’re lucky you’ll be able to snap a photo! The books place Taormina in the coach house in-between 16 and ... 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

West Street

Mallards Cottage (Exterior, BBC Series)

For the exterior of Mallards Cottage where Georgie Pillson lived in the recent BBC series, Lamb Cottage was used. This 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 in Mermaid Street. Channel 4 used 29 Watchbell Street in their ... read more

Right Side of Butter Market, Rye Town Hall, Market Street

Worthington (BBC Series)

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 as being at 100 High Street, Rye; formerly Ashbee’s Butchers. In the Channel 4 series, what is now the Swan Emporium is used for both Worthington butchers and Twemlow ... read more

Left Side of Butter Market, Rye Town Hall, Market Street

Hopkins (BBC Series)

Hopkins fishmongers is located under Rye’s Town Hall (the Butter Market) in the BBC series. In the books this shop is located between 16 and 17 West Street and is called “The Other House”. ... read more

9 Market Street

Marriots

This shop appears in the BBC series but is not mentioned. It’s also not present in the books or Channel 4 series. ... read more

The Old Vicarage, 66 Church Square

Wasters (BBC Series)

Wasters is the home of Godiva (Diva) Plaistow and rented to Mapp whilst her house is in turn let to Lucia. Set in The Old Vicarage on Church Square which used to be a bed and breakfast but is now a private residence and has recently come on the market for sale. In the books, Wasters is ... read more

Ypres Castle Inn, Gungardens

The Trader’s Arms (BBC Series)

The Trader’s Arms, where Lucia and Georgie spend the night on their visit to Tilling, is set at the Ypres Castle Inn. The Ypres (pronounced locally as the “Wipers”) is a very popular pub in Rye known for it’s live music on Fridays and great food. The original location of the Trader’s Arms from Benson’s books is ... read more

Lamb House, West Street

Mallards (BBC Series)

Mallards, the home of Mapp, rented to Lucia, is set in Lamb House in West Street. Lamb House has particular significance to the Mapp & Lucia novels as it was the home of the author Edward Frederic Benson. Lamb House has also been resident to Benson’s brother, the author and academic A. C. Benson, the novelist Rumer Godden, the author ... read more