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Mapp & Lucia's Rye


A guide to the locations of Tilling set in Rye

Mermaid Street

Robin Hill, Mermaid Street

Starling Cottage (Books)

Mr and Mrs Wyse are shown to live at Robin Hill in Mermaid Street in the original books. The BBC use Hartshorn House in Mermaid Street for the exterior shots (interior shots shown as St Anthony’s in Church Square). ... 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

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

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

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