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Courtesy of:Michael Doust
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The "Maltings" and the New Harbour Master's Office

Taken 1944 - the 2 buses were used by Rye firebrigade. The "Maltings" was destroyed by fire in the 1950's.
Picture Added on 22 February 2007.


The house on the right is the new Harbourmaster's home and office. It was built during 1938/9 and completed for use by Jack Doust and his family in August 1939, just a month before the ourbreak of war.

The "Maltings" belonged to the Rye GC and was lived in by a Scottish family, the MacKenzies, I believe, who worked for the Golf Club. They left at the outbreak of WWII and returned to Scotland, and then the Army used it as a billet for some considerable time. During 1944, the Rye Fire Brigade moved in, and the two buses to the right were used by them as their crewroom and operations office. At that time the new Admiralty Jetty had been built and there were about 50 to 100 landing barges moored to it. The Fire Brigade had their own Landing Barge which was fitted out as a mobile Fire Float. With the invasion of Europe that summer, all the barges left and so did the Fire brigade.

In the background you can see the old tide signal mast.I don't know if that is still standing?

The "Maltings" was burnt down sometime during the 1950's

Added by Michael J. Doust on 26 February 2007.

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