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Dutch Cottage (Rayleigh)

The Dutch Cottage is an unusual little house in the Essex town of Rayleigh.

It stands in Crown Hill, which leads down from the High Street to Rayleigh Station, beside Rayleigh Mount.

The Dutch Cottage dates from the 17th century, at the time when Dutch engineers were reclaiming Canvey Island a few miles away. Two similar cottages survive on the island.

It is a circular house. Tradition says that it was built in this shape so that the Devil would be unable to hide in the corners.

The cottage is owned by Rochford District Council, who organise visits from time to time.

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