Rayleigh windmill has been renovated, including a structural renovation of the 19th century brick built building has now been completed.[24]

‘Once Upon a Time there were Four Little Rabbits…’ In celebration of 150 years of Beatrix Potter, meet the lady herself as she tells the tale of naughty Peter and his cousin Benjamin as they venture into Mr McGregor’s garden… Michael Whitmore’s delightful retelling of her best loved tales is a treat for all the family.

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Rayleigh /ˈreɪliː/ is a market town and civil parish in the District of Rochford in Essex, England, located between Chelmsford and Southend-on-Sea. It lies 32 miles (51 km) to the east of central London. It had a population of 30,196 in 2001,[2] increasing to 32,150 at the census 2011.[1]

Although you might not think it today, the mount and surrounding lands are the remnant of an early medieval wooden motte and bailey castle built by Sweyn, Sheriff of Essex. With the castle long gone, the area is now an urban wildlife haven and green lung in the heart of Rayleigh town centre, offering sweeping views across the Crouch Valley.

Since 2014, we have grown into the UK's largest ELSTER energy meter stockist.

The Baptist Church is in the High Street. The building opened for worship on 25 March 1799, shortly before the first Pastor, Rev James Pilkington, was inducted in June 1799. In June 1979, work started on a church extension. This added significantly more seating and completed some much needed repairs.

Rayleigh has two skate parks, Rawreth Skate Park near ASDA, and King George's Skate Park, both of which were being refurbished as of May 2011.

'A trivial comedy for serious people!' DOT productions bring their presentation of Oscar Wilde's famous comedy 'The Importance of Being Earnest' to Rayleigh Mount this summer.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Trace the layout of the Norman castle that once stood at our special place.

There is a small swimming pool at Lubard's Farm.

One significant archaeological find was in the early 2000s at the western edge of Rayleigh, at the site of the former Park School in Rawreth Lane. An early Saxon cemetery site was discovered here, with 144 cremation burials and evidence of just one high-status female inhumation burial.[6]

Map of Rayleigh Town Centre. Found on wall near the Millennium Clock.

Rayleigh sign outside Rayleigh Lanes Indoor Market.

Rayleigh also used to feature a cinema, the Regal, located close to Mill Hall; retirement accommodation (called Homeregal House in "memory" of the Regal) is now in its place. Rayleigh Town Museum has a projector and extensive archives of the cinema.

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The forests around Rayleigh were royal hunting grounds. It is recorded that King Henry III hunted here in 1222, and the three King Edwards also visited.[8]

Rayleigh Methodist church from Eastwood Road.

The civil parish of Rayleigh became part of Rochford Rural District in 1894. In 1929 it was combined with Rawreth to form the Urban District of Rayleigh, which was abolished in 1974 when the area became part of the District of Rochford.[14]

A new museum opened on April 9th 2016, Rayleigh Town Museum. It is open on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm. http://www.rayleightownmuseum.co.uk/

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The town is also home to Masters Performing Arts College, which is one of the leading colleges in the country for musical theatre training[citation needed].

A 49-room Premier Inn is situated on the southern boundary of the town, adjacent to the Weir roundabout and the A127. The town's amenities include several public houses, restaurants, shops, and an indoor market (Rayleigh Lanes).

The United Reformed Church is on Crown Hill.

There have been a scattering of stray finds around the town from Prehistoric and Roman times, including some Roman roof and hypocaust tiles found within the fabric of Rayleigh Church. This suggests there was a Roman habitation site within the area. However, there is little evidence of any density of population here during this period.[5]

Join our team on a guided walk, relax into the grandeur of your surroundings at one of our open-air theatre performances or scale the ramparts as you explore our special place.


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This is a 64-acre (26 ha) broadleaved wood established in the late 1990s. The wood was designed and planted by a partnership of Local people and the Woodland Trust. There is a car park at the Grange Community Centre in Little Wheatley Chase, and access to the wood is across the playing fields.[21]

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

The Lions Club of Rayleigh was chartered in 1974 and serves the Rayleigh, Hockley, Hullbridge and Rochford areas. The club is a Voluntary Service Organisation and a registered charity.

The parish church of Saint Michael and All Angels is in Sir Walter Raleigh Drive near Sweyne School. It was built in the 1950s when Rayleigh expanded considerably. It has a multi-purpose building which is used by other local groups as well as the church.

Rayleigh has a number of public houses. They are: Half Moon, Paul Pry, Rayleigh Lodge, The Roebuck, Spread Eagle, Travellers Joy, The Weir, Ye Olde Crown and The Carpenters Arms

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

Quantum Theatre presents a brand new production of Shakespeare’s most magical and enchanting romance, The Tempest. This production of Shakespeare’s magical play of love and sorcery, airy spirits and drunken sailors delivers dark forces, young love and theatrical illusion…

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The name "Rayleigh" is Saxon in origin and is cognate to the German place name Rehlach of the same meaning[citation needed] . According to the English Place Names Society, "Rayleigh" derives from "raege", and "leah", meaning "Female roe-deer stream" or "she-goat stream" .[3] According to the Rayleigh Civic Society, "Roa" is a Saxon word for Roebuck and "Lea" a pasture probably for goats.[4]

The library is situated in the south end of the High Street, opposite the police station.