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Visiting Rayleigh – A castle, a cottage, a church, and a windmill
Visiting Rayleigh – A castle, a cottage, a church, and a windmill

Visiting Rayleigh – A castle, a cottage, a church, and a windmill

Rayleigh is a small town in Essex barely half an hour from London, and although it doesn't look it at first glance, boasts a long history and plenty of things to see.

Jun
30
The Dunmow Flitch Trial takes place in July
The Dunmow Flitch Trial takes place in July

The Dunmow Flitch Trial takes place in July

Every 4th year, for the past umpteen centuries, a special trial takes place just outside London, and tickets to attend are now on sale.

May
31
A day trip to – Colchester
A day trip to – Colchester

A day trip to – Colchester

Barely 40 minutes from central London lies the town that boasts more visible Roman ruins than London, a big castle, a ruined abbey, loads of old churches, and a pretty town centre.

Oct
27
2021
A day trip to – Audley End House and gardens
A day trip to – Audley End House and gardens

A day trip to – Audley End House and gardens

About an hour outside London is a grand house that would impress anyone, except its original builder, as what you see is missing two-thirds of the original house.

Jul
21
2021
St Nicholas Church in Great Wakering
St Nicholas Church in Great Wakering

St Nicholas Church in Great Wakering

Although I was rudely thwarted in my attempt to visit the Foulness Heritage Centre yesterday (and the church next to it), I was slightly compensated by a look around another its sister church which was on my route between Shoeburyness

May
07
2012
A small museum inside a military firing range
A small museum inside a military firing range

A small museum inside a military firing range

Lurking on the easternmost edge of the River Thames sits Foulness Island, a low lying marshy farmland that is also almost entirely controlled by the Ministry of Defence for weapons testing.

May
06
2012