Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

RAYLEIGH CASTLE


RAYLEIGH CASTLE
Photo Charles Taylor

The 50 feet high mound of a Norman castle with an inner bailey 260 feet by 150 feet stands on a hill overlooking the Crouch valley. Both the motte and the inner bailey are surrounded by a deep dry ditches. It was built at the end of the 11th century and was probably in use until the 14th century. The wooden keep is not thought to have been rebuilt in stone although stone and rubble has been excavated from the inner bailey.

Now a public park managed by the National Trust.


Mound from the inner bailey photo Charles Taylor Top of mound photo Charles Taylor Inner bailey from the mound photo Charles Taylor Inner bailey from the mound photo Charles Taylor
Top of mound photo Charles Taylor Approach to inner bailey photo Charles Taylor Mound from the bailey photo Charles Taylor Inner bailey photo Charles Taylor

 

Directions
In the centre of the town, 7 miles north west of Southend

 


 
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