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Mapp & Lucia's Rye


A guide to the locations of Tilling set in Rye

Lucia

Played House, Military Road

Grebe (Books)

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

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

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

The Hope Anchor Hotel, Watchbell Street

The Trader’s Arms (Books)

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

H Horrell, Chemist, High Street

Wasters (Books)

Wasters is the home of Godiva (Diva) Plaistow and rented to Mapp whilst her house is in turn let to Lucia. In the books, Wasters is referred to as either 14 (H Horrell Chemist) or 17 (Byzantium) High Street as E F Benson gave no exact location or description. Channel 4 places Wasters at 11 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

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