Whilst restoring our café back in 2011, we decided to expose the brick wall you see here in this section of the café. At the time, this wall was completely covered by plaster boards. When we removed the plaster boards, we uncovered these paper pieces attached to the original wall, covering the various holes. We carefully removed these papers with steam and cleaned them. Once the papers were legible, we were fascinated to see the local election results of the early 20th century printed on these cards and we also discovered a few store cards.
Our café was part of the Adams and Son printing company in the early 20th century and at that time, they would have printed the Rye election results in this place or next door. These cards provide a glimpse of Rye’s olden days, population and political landscape.