Lamb House (Rye, Sussex): again, should every writer’s home be open as a museum?

Sometimes I do get fed up of asking the question “should the home of everyone famous be opened to the public as a museum?”.

Keats House, Handel House, Charles Dickens House

Lamb House is another of this ilk.

Home of Henry James, the USA’s answer to Charles Dickens.

Naturally, I was there to have a peek inside a lovely Georgian home, but alas only 2 rooms on the ground floor and a telephone cubby hole are open to the public.  A tenant lives upstairs.

I do like Rye, the town where this house is.  It’s a lovely stop-off on an afternoon after a visit to Great Dixter, which is only a 15 minute drive away.  Rye is a seaside town with steep cobbled streets and an oldy worldly feel.

When visited: May 2013


5 thoughts on “Lamb House (Rye, Sussex): again, should every writer’s home be open as a museum?

  1. Yes, a lovely looking town. It’s always nice to take a peek at the house where an important writer lived and worked, but at the same time it’s a great deal of work to maintain such and keep it open if there are only a few visitors. I don’t expect people from all over are making a beeline to Lamb House to see where Henry James lived, certainly not the younger generation. If one was visiting Rye in Sussex, however, it would be a real treat to stumble on this house.

  2. Another writer to live in the house was EF Benson, author of the Mapp and Lucia books, which are set in a fictional coastal village based on Rye and indeed buildings in Rye reappear in the books. I was curious to see this house for this reason. It is a pretty house and is something to do in Rye as one of the sights, Rye itself being the main destination.

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