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shield bearing the solemn words : " For our time is a very shadow that passeth away." The pendulum (eighteen feet in length) hanging through the roof swings over the heads of the people, and has been a source of joy to generations of school children. The Rev. A. P. Howes in his " Guide to the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Rye," mentions that the clock was purchased by the Churchwardens in 1560, and adds that particulars of its erection in the gable of the north transept are given in the church records, dating from 1513 to 1570.
A carved mahogany table used as an altar in the Chapel of St. Clare is an interesting specimen of early Chippendale furniture, dating from about 1726. A tradition more pleasing than authentic says that it is from the spoils of the Armada, and was given by Elizabeth. However, I was informed that it was given by a Mr. Lamb about 200 years ago. The Lamb family was connected with Rye for many years, and the list of mayors painted on the panels of the interior of the Town Hall shows that several of them occupied the mayoral chair, covering a period of about 120 years from 1723.
At the top of Mermaid Street, round the corner into West Street, is Lamb House, where Henry