Walter Rye; 1843-1929; antiquary, Mayor of Norwich; Norwich, Norfolk

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Walter Rye; 1843-1929; antiquary, Mayor of Norwich; Norwich, Norfolk

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Born 31 October 1843 in Chelsea. Fourth son of Edward Rye (1803-1876), solicitor, and Maria Rye (?-1882). Grandson of Edward Rye of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk. Wife Georgina, adopted daughter of George Sturgess, who he married in 1870. Seven sons and three daughters. Siblings: Maria Susan Rye (1829-1903); Elizabeth Rye (1830-1916); Clara Louise Rye (1846-?); Francis Rye (1848-1884).
Mayor in 1908. Became a solicitor in 1866 and worked in his father's practice. A good sportsman, he was founder of the Thames Hare and Hounds and secretary of the London Athletic Club. Studied and transcribed Norfolk records. As a councillor he served on the Museum and Library Committee, 1904-1929. One of the first people to use a wherry as a pleasure craft on the Norfolk Broads. Secretary of the Broads Society. Also involved in the preservation and reconstruction of Anguish House, Bacon House, Lazar House and the Maid's Head Hotel, Norwich.
Wrote 'Norfolk Pedigrees', 'Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany', 'Calendar of Norwich Deeds'.


Chelsea, London; Norwich, Norfolk

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