Memories of Rayleigh

All It Is Memories

I read the piece about Bull Lane and the stream on the left hand side,we used to collect Frogs spawn from there, and Old Farmer Snow and his Farm, because as kids we used to go Horse riding there, I used to live in the shop in Hilary Crescent moved in there in 1957, I was 10, it was a Grocery and Provisions,my Dad bought it ...Read full memory

A memory of Rayleigh by davidsingle1


I would like to know if anyone out there has any photos of the row of cottages that were just in the Eastwood Road as you came into Rayleigh High Street, I would be very interested, as they were part of me childhood, I remember sitting upstair on the bus and it always felt if I put my hand out the window I could touch the windows of ...Read full memory

A memory of Rayleigh by Helen Scott

Cottages Eastwood Road

I remember the cottages which were very near the road,coming down Eastwood Road from High Street. I regret no photos but remember the last one farthest from the High Street was used as a Cobblers workshop and the buses that went by were city bus company in brown and cream.If you went to Love Lane Infants school you ...Read full memory

A memory of Rayleigh by Ken Soulsby

Still There...

My family have lived in and around Rayleigh since the early 1900s. I was born in the early 1960s and just about remember the High Street being two-way. Woolworths has now been replaced by ASK and Grants by a card shop, general store and pizza place. Holy Trinity (the church in the background) was built in 1280 and is still ...Read full memory

A memory of Rayleigh by Ian Gale

Smallholding In Eastwood Road

This memory is my mum's - in the 1940s she remembers her dad taking her (on his motorbike with mum in the sidecar) to a smallholding on Eastwood Road in Rayleigh - she thinks probably to buy 'day-old chicks' (her parents kept chickens). We are trying to find out the name of the business or the people who ran ...Read full memory

A memory of Rayleigh by Lyn Gallon

The Brook In Bull Lane

I remember a narrow brook in Bull Lane running along the bottom of the houses left hand side walking from the high street. My schoolfriend and I used to jump over it and try to push each other in. I sometimes think this is something I dreamed up, but I can still see it. I recall walking through the gardens of Grove ...Read full memory

A memory of Rayleigh by lamolossi

Rayleigh High Street

I was brought up in Rayleigh and have memories of the High Street since I was a small child in the 1950s, and remember going to the shops with my mother. I moved away years ago so these photos brought back a lot of memories for me.

A memory of Rayleigh by Julian Moss

Looking For Friends

55 years ago I went to a private school in Herefordshire, and during the breaks I used to stayed with Webb family in Rayleigh, Essex county. Aunt Mary was my guardian while being over there. She had two children, William and Ann Webb. I left the U.K. In May of 1960 to come home to Canada. Their father, William and my ...Read full memory

My Ancestors Lived Here

I recently visited this 'dutch cottage' again (after taking my mum there in the 1990's) and the girl who lives there and is the also the guide, is full of good information about this. She was surprised when I said that my grandad used to walk from Canning Town, East London to here! His nan lived there for many years ...Read full memory

A memory of Rayleigh by Gary Cockley

My Memories Of The Top End Of Rayleigh High Street

I lived on the Lower Road between Hockley and Hullbridge between 1950 and 1967. Rayleigh was our local town. Before Woolworths was built, there was a garage on the site. I think it was called the Waterloo garage. My father bought a wartime ex-army Commer utility vehicle from them (in the ...Read full memory

A memory of Rayleigh by Keith Donetta

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