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Rayleigh Mount (Rayleigh)

Rayleigh Mount is a pleasant open space in the centre of the busy Essex town of Rayleigh.

It is in fact the earthworks of Rayleigh Castle, built in the Norman motte and bailey style in the years immediately prior to the Norman Conquest by the important Essex landowner Sweyn Fitzwimarc.

The castle fell into disuse in the 13th century, and Richard II gave permission a century later for materials to be salvaged to repair Holy Trinity Church.

The wooded mound rises to 50 feet, and is partly surrounded by a moat. There are fine views over the valley of the River Crouch from the summit.

Rayleigh Mount is now in the care of the National Trust.

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