Memories of Rayleigh

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

Beke Hall Rayleigh And Rawreth

Hi, I am looking for any information on Beke Hall, Rayleigh (sometimes spelt Beak - or with Farm in the title!). It is situated on the left side of London Road out towards Wickford and is first mentioned in 1523. The furthest back I can go, Beke Hall owned 140 acres covering all of little Wheatleys up to Great ...Read full memory

A memory of Rayleigh


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

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

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

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

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