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Lamb House

West Street, RYE, TN31 7ES

This red-brick fronted house has strong literary associations, as Henry James, E. F. Benson and Rumer Godden all lived here at different times. James was here from 1898 until his death in 1916, and it was later occupied by Benson, who used Lamb House as the model for 'Mallards' in his Mapp and Lucia novels. It was actually used as a location in the more recent TV adaptation of Benson's novels. Rumer Godden, author of Black Narcissus lived here in the late 1960s. Some of Henry James' personal possessions can be seen. There is also a charming walled garden, which was designed by Alfred Parsons, a friend of James. The Campsis still climbs the wall as it did in his time, and there are roses, lilies, spring bulbs and many herbaceous varieties bordering the lawn which ensure continuous colour and interest throughout the year. Also in the garden are the graves of James' much-loved dogs.

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£6 (ch £2.70) Family £11.40, Groups £5

Opening times

Open 15 Mar-29 Oct, Tue & Fri-Sat 11-5 (last admission 4.30)
Average visit 1 hr




Dogs allowed all areas.


Partly accessible. Steps into house, no wheelchair access
Scented plants & herbs

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Facing W end of Church

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