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Review of Mapp & Lucia's Rye

Mapp & Lucia's Rye
Ranked #15 of 40 things to do in Rye
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The BBC were busy in Rye this summer (May to July 2014) filming E.F.Benson's 1930s best-selling comic novels "Mapp & Lucia" set in the imaginery town of Tilling (just like Rye). Indeed they filmed in Lamb House (Mallards in the books) where Benson wrote the novels and set key scenes. Little had to be changed for much of the filming, though Market Street's tarmac got covered with stones and mud and a few houses were restored to the shops they once were. Expected to be shown Xmas 2014, Miranda Richardson and Anna Chancellor are among the stars - but so is Rye. The cobbled streets, and historic houses, in the citadel, topped with the Norman St Mary's church, were perfect for filming and sightseeing ; and indeed many visitors climb the tower every day to see the sights of the rolling Weald on one side and on the other Romney Marsh sweeping to the horizon. So watch "Mapp and Lucia" on the BBC and then come and see Rye for yourself

2  Thank Donald H
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

Quaint, historic, literary! All these descriptions spring to mind. Anyone who has read Mapp & Lucia by E F Benson will recognise it. Just a fabulous, atmospheric place, and one of the Cinq Ports.

4  Thank JuneBug1939
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

Fabulous opportunity to view the locations in Rye that support the characters in the EF Benson novels. Though neither Mapp nor Lucia win in the end their inverted snobbery and desire to lead the Tilling society is played throughout the astounding novels of Benson; and re lived in reality in this charming unmissable setting of Rye.

2  Thank spookykenny
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

If you haven't read the six books in the Mapp and Lucia series, you are missing a treat. Much of the action takes place in Rye, which Benson calls Tilling. See also the website of The Friends Of Tilling, for further info.

3  Thank Fragosiriani
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

For E F Benson/Mapp and Lucia fans, this tour is a must. We actually had the guide to ourselves and spent a fascinating couple of hours touring the most picturesque parts of Rye. It is better to have read the books than only seen the TV version as the guide focuses mostly on these, although there is some opportunity to compare the buildings used on TV with those intended by the author. One should remember however, that these are stories, and the characters aren't actually real!

1  Thank Liz L
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