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Rayleigh, Essex

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Rayleigh, Essex

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 to the east of central London. It has a population of 30,196 as of 2001, having expanded rapidly in the 1960s.
Administrative CountyEssex
Traditional CountyEssex
OS GridTQ8190
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityEssex
Fire and Rescue AuthorityEssex
Fire and Rescue AuthorityEssex
Ambulance AuthorityEast of England
Dialling code01268
Population30,196 (2001)

Other names by which Rayleigh, Essex has been known in the past

Raganeia ~ Ralegh ~ Raleigh ~ Ragewneia ~ Rageleia ~ Ragwneleia

Rayleigh, Essex in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Rayleigh (or Raleigh), par. and vil., Essex, 4½ miles W. of Rochford, 2906 ac., pop. 1327; P.O., T.O.; gives the title of baron to the family of Strutt; at the upper end of the vil. is a moated mound, the site of Sweyn's castle.

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