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Mapp & Lucia's Rye


A guide to the locations of Tilling set in Rye

Rye

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

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

House adjacent to Lamb House

Major Benjy’s House (Books)

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

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 Other House, West Street

Hopkins and Taormina (Books)

In the books Hopkins fishmongers is located between 16 and 17 West Street and is called “The Other House”. The shop is located under Rye’s Town Hall (the Butter Market) in the BBC series. Taormina is the residence of “Quaint” Irene Coles. The books place Taormina in the coach house in-between 16 and 17 West Street. The ... 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

Ashbee & Son Butchers, 100 High Street

Worthington (Books)

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 grocer. The recent BBC series showed Worthington butchers in the Butter Market, under Rye’s Town ... 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

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

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