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.
The town has grown considerably in the last 25 years. The town's amenities include several public houses, restaurants, shops, and an indoor market (Rayleigh Lanes). The town has retained much of its traditional character and is a busy shopping centre, well served by bus and train.
A market is held on Wednesday mornings and dates back to 1181, when it was registered in the Exchequer Records of Henry II. Rayleigh is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The manor of Rayleigh belonged to Sweyne of Essex, the son of Robert FitzWimarc who built a Norman Motte and Bailey castle in Rayleigh. The location is at Rayleigh Mount, which is today owned and maintained by the National Trust. From the top, there are sweeping views across the Crouch Valley.
Our store is located on the north end of the High Street, near Hockley Rd. There is access to the rear of the store and easy parking on Bellingham Lane to enable us to take in your generous donations.
Our store has built a reputation, since opening in August 2014, for quality products, a keen eye for fashion, friendly and informative customer service and an excellent and inspirational shopping environment. We are delighted to also be selling small electrical items.
Where to park
The nearest carpark is Rayleigh Mill on Bellingham Lane.
Nearest rehoming centre