News From The Museum

Monday, September 11, 2017 admin 0

The Rayleigh Museum have advised as follows: Slide Show at Holy Trinity Saturday 14th October (2 performances – 1 afternoon & 1 evening). Mike & Sharon Davies will be presenting a slide show at Holy Trinity Parish Hall on Saturday 14th October at 2pm (doors open 1pm) & 7pm (doors […]

Confectioners In Rayleigh

Monday, May 8, 2017 admin 0

This month Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass has photos of sweetshops and confectioners in Rayleigh. The photo above is of Brooklyn Stores, on the coerner of Brooklyn Drive and Downhall Road, in about 1948. It was open until at least the 1960s , by which time it was called “Trouts”. […]

A Picture Puzzle

Sunday, April 16, 2017 admin 2

Every month the Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass website shows pictures of old Rayleigh. This month one of their pictures is  of this building in Rayleigh from the early 1960s or maybe slightly earlier. This building has been knocked down now – but replaced by another building serving the same […]

Harry Potter Night In Rayleigh !

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 admin 0

From the District Council website: Harry Potter Book Night at Rayleigh Library Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017 – 17:00 to 19:00 Get in the magical spirit of Harry Potter at Rayleigh Library on Thursday 2nd February, 5-7pm. Why not come dressed as your favourite character? Join in some wizardly fun […]

Old Blogs, New Blogs

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 admin 1

Starting a blog is pretty easy. Keeping it going on a long term basis is harder. We had a ‘blip’ last year but as you can see we are back now. If you look at the ten Essex political blogs in our sidebar, one was updated today (well done Julian […]

“You Take The High Road”

Saturday, January 7, 2017 admin 0

Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass looks at High Road, Rayleigh this month. Which sadly fits into the current topic of “Air Pollution” as everyone knows it has a lot of traffic these days….

Essex Politics , 1951

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 admin 0

Mark Pack writes here about an imaginative  Labour election leaflet from Colchester in 1951 . Should we try something like that in Rayleigh next year?

Hello Woodham – And, Er , Purleigh.

Monday, September 19, 2016 admin 4

The District Council Website has a page here on the current review of parliamentary constituencies. There is a public consultation running until December 5th. You can find the detailed proposals for our local constituencies here. The main proposed changes for South East Essex are: The three Wickford wards move from “Rayleigh […]

Anyone Remember Bonzo’s ?

Sunday, September 11, 2016 admin 0

This month Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass looks back at past http://www.rayleighhistory.co.uk/page122.html in Rayleigh – including Bonzo’s DIY. Does anyone remember going there?

Fine Fare And Tomassis

Thursday, June 2, 2016 admin 0

This month Rayleigh Through the Looking Glass looks at when Rayleigh was full of supermarkets. This photo is from the 1960s, when Fine Fare had a supermarket where the Pink Toothbrush is now.

Cheapside, About 1930.

Saturday, January 30, 2016 admin 2

Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass’ February feature has some evocative photos of almost empty roads in Rayleigh. The one above is of the junction of Down Hall Road and Cheapside circa the 1930s. A few points to note : “Cheapside” was later divided into “Cheapside East” and “Cheapside West” when […]

What Is A “Charabanc”?

Friday, January 1, 2016 admin 0

This month “Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass” has a feature on garages – including a picture of a charabanc outside the Jarvis garage in Eastwood Road, in about 1920. This 14 seat open-topped vehicle would have taken people on excursions. Note the telephone number “Rayleigh 90″…