The Gatehouse is in some ways an example of medieval bling – as part of one of the first brick built houses in the country and boasting outstanding decoration, this was a structure that was meant to project power, prestige and wealth.
The detail and craftsmanship you’ll see in features like the oriel windows and stonework are really outstanding. Climb the winding stairs to the viewing platform and you can also appreciate the amazing barley twist chimney.
And whilst you’re here, visit the nearby Rye House Quay on the River Lee Navigation – a lovely spot to linger in or to have your picnic!
The history of Rye House Gatehouse dates back to 1443 and has been home to royality, ghosts and a assassination attempt! Now the Gatehouse is grade 1 listed builiding featuring high-quality diaper brickwork and a ‘barley sugar twist’ chimney as well as a string of underground chambers or dungeons.
The Rye House: An Investigative History
With nearly 600 years of history, involving a plot, intrigue and paranormal activity, it’s surprising that no one has ever before written the definitive history of the Rye House in Hertfordshire. The Rye House – An Investigative History aims to do just that.
Through meticulous research, Phil Holland has written this fascinating account, taking the reader from the house’s 15th origins, through to Tudor times when Catherine Parr spent part of her childhood there; to the Rye House Plot to assassinate King Charles II and the Duke of York in 1683; to the widely reported paranormal activity and apparitions; and finally to the present day.
The Gatehouse is all that now remains of the 15th century brick-built fortified manor house. It’s a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument and as such is protected by law. The Moated Enclosure is considered to be one of the finest examples of the period in Hertfordshire.
It’s hoped that this book will enthuse people about the Gatehouse and the history of the Rye House, and that they in turn will come to treasure the building and recognise its importance as a piece of our country’s history
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About the Author
With a passion for both natural history and history, Phil Holland has worked as a hedgerow/habitat management contractor for 25 years and with the Lee Valley Park Ranger team on a part-time basis for the past 10 years. He first became involved with the Rye House Gatehouse in 2013 and from this beginning his interest in the building s history has developed. His diligent research into the history of the Rye House is testimony to his enthusiasm for the building and his love of history.