If you’ve never been to Rye, you’ve missed a treat. It’s a fabulous little place, with beautiful buildings – including Lamb House, where Henry James, E. F. Benson and Rumer Godden lived (but not together, you understand!) . It’s also the settling for the wonderfully bitchy Mapp and Lucia books (and if you haven’t read those, you’ve also missed a treat).
I’ve visited Rye many times, but I’d never noticed this little chap (set on a door round the back of the church). My lily white past (school Head Girl no less) is always with me, so I didn’t lift him up to read the inscription underneath. So if anyone knows more about him, please let me know.