This is Rayleigh

Welcome to our new website, featuring all things Rayleigh for residents, newcomers and visitors alike. 

First a few facts about our town.

Rayleigh 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, increasing to 32,150 at the census 2011.

History of Rayleigh

From ancient times to modern day
The name Rayleigh is Old English in origin deriving from rǣge (‘female roe-deer or she-goat’) and lēah (‘clearing’). Therefore, the name means overall ‘wood or clearing of the wild she-goats or roe-deer”.

In any case, the connection with deer continued through the centuries. Lands around Rayleigh were used as royal hunting forests for many hundreds of years. A deer was included in the coat of arms of Rayleigh Urban District Council, and in the early 2000s, a new pub was named the “Roebuck”.

Rayleigh attractions

Rayleigh Mount

“Discover a medieval castle, now a green oasis for wildlife but still at the centre of daily life.”

The Windmilll

The Rayleigh Windmill is an award-winning attraction, and a popular venue for Weddings and other celebrations.

Rayleigh Town Museum

91 High Street is a Grade II listed building in Rayleigh Conservation Area.

King George's Park

The King George V Playing Field is open 7 days a week from 7.00am till dusk.

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