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Memories of Rayleigh

Born In Avondale Rd Rayleigh Essex

I was born at home in Avondale Rd, Rayleigh Essex in 1958. We moved to Canvey Island & then in 1963 we relocated to Australia. I only have a few memories of Rayleigh & the most predominant was Snows Farm where I began horse riding at the age of 18 months. There were 2 horses that I rode called "Joey" & "Pee ...Read full memory

A memory of Rayleigh by shadow.1958

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

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

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

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

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 Woolworths has now been replaced by ASK and Grants by a card shop, general store and pizza place.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

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

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

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

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