Memories of Rayleigh

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 Woolworths has now been replaced by ASK and Grants by a card shop, general store and pizza place.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

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

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

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

Small Person

As a boy i walked past the Dutch Cottage on my way to the high street , as a child i found it a bit eerie , i saw a small person coming out of there a couple of times which seemed to add to the afect . by the mid 70`s the cottage had lost it`s clean chocolate box cover look and had become dirty and in need of some TLC , i think ...Read full memory

A memory of Rayleigh by Eric King

1957 1965

I used to walk from way down Eastwood Road to Crown Hill and down to The Sweyne School for many years. I always used to look at the Cottage with awe thinking how old it was and wondering at the history it had seen. I doubt that it exists today, because the vandals would have desecrated anything old in favour of a new parking lot or ...Read full memory

A memory of Rayleigh by Roger Ball

Dutch Cottage

I live 4 doors down from the cotttage and it is still going strong.

A memory of Rayleigh by Phil Hind

Dutch Cottage

I also remember this charming little cottage from my childhood in the 1960's. Was so pleased to see it featured on BBC Breakfast this week & to hear it is open to the public once a week by the young woman who now lives there.

A memory of Rayleigh by Maureen Barnes


I too remember this cottage well as I used to walk past it every day going to Sweyne School. I found this site by accident but am glad that I did find it. As I now live in New Zealand it is good to see some photographs of my old home town which I grew up in (getting homesick now). Thank you for the pictures.

A memory of Rayleigh by James Butler

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