History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Rayleigh Castle existed at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086. It was probably erected by Sweyn of Essex, son of Robert fitz Wymarc, shortly after the Norman Conquest. The castle was in use until the 13th century. Excavations on the site show that the base of the castle mound was reinforced with rubble to shore up the mass of the mound.
The nearby windmill, operated by Rochford District Council, houses a display on the history of the castle mound.
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About Rayleigh Mount
Address: Rayleigh, Essex, England, SS6 7HD
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: The castle mound is located near Mill Hall car park, 100 yards or so off High Street in Rayleigh centre
Website: Rayleigh Mount
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: John Myers, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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