This month “Rayleigh Through the Looking Glass” has a special feature on Bull Lane, Rayleigh, here.
This month we thought we would show you some pictures of Bull Lane. Once the route of the bull’s one way journey from his field to the Bull Public House (Kingsleigh House) where bull baiting took place at the rear of the pub until it closed in 1791. Before Webster’s Way was built in the 1970’s Bull Lane went all the way to Holy Trinity Church and was a much narrower lane.
You can find out more about the Bull Inn at the Rochford District Community Archive:
Probably Rayleigh’s most infamous Inn was the Bull, which once stood on the east side of the High Street. Built during the middle years of Elizabeth I’s reign, c.1560, it was renowned for bull baiting, a cruel practice of tethering a bull to a stake to be taunted by dogs, often until mortally wounded. Local feeling turned against the Inn when in 1574 a group of 28 townsmen decided to take the law into their own hands. They succeeded in breaking into the Bull late one night, but were caught. Ringleaders William Hurall, a blacksmith, Henry Livinge, a brewer and John Harryson were charged with ‘unlawful assembly and breaking into the Bull Inn of Thomas Locyn and assaulting those within in their beds and maltreating to the despair of their lives’. As punishment they were pressed into the service of their country – both the Army and Navy of the time desperately needing new blood. Some 230 years after opening, The Bull ceased trading in 1791. The building remained, however, sold in 1828 for £750 to a prosperous horse dealer, who subsequently dug up the bull baiting post and ring. A private dwelling was erected on the site, known today as Kingsleigh House.
We are advised that 23 trenches will be dug across the site North of London Road, Rayleigh; this is being done by Essex County Council for archaeological investigative purposes. (No doubt because of the proposed developemnt there)
The work is expected to commence 2nd September and will be carried out by two 20 ton tracked excavators; each individual trench will by dug, explored and reinstated within five days.
The work will be carried out by “Wessex Archaeology” using “Danbury Plant Hire” for the digging.
The timing of this operation has to fit in with the farmer’s crop cycle.
From the District Council Website :
Rayleigh Arts Festival (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September)
The Rayleigh Arts Festival is a varied programme of events, performances and activities presented over one weekend each September.
The 2013 Festival will have a strong heritage focus and be part of the nation-wide ‘Heritage Open Days’ initiative. Events will take place across a number of venues including the Mill Arts & Events Centre and the Grade II Listed Rayleigh Windmill museum.
We’ve downloaded the festival brochure, click on each page to enlarge it:
Occasionally we get a comment that is worth making it into an item on its own. Such as the following today from Mr Paul Nice, commenting on “Rayleigh at War”:
In 1958 i worked for a rayleigh builder and we had a job of converting the buildings on the rawreth camp into small factory units. This was for a local business man who also had a similar camp on canvey island
Mr Nice, if you could tell us a bit more we’d be very pleased to hear it…
We’ve seen a nice recent item on the Rochford District Community Archive .
It’s a copy of a newspaper report from 1882 on crime in the Rochford area…
Southend blogger and writer Jack Monroe was in the Financial Times yesterday, with a profile and a recipe and a photo – you can find her here.
And local resident Hellen Riebold has just had her first solo Science Fiction novel published , it’s available on kindle from Amazon for £2.03. You can find it here and read the first four chapters for free.
The novel is called “New Earth: Beginnings” and starts off very locally – the main female character works for Southend Council. There are hints of strange advanced technology and the government having secret bases – the plot almost feels like an Essex version of one of the Torchwood stories.
Colchester Lib Dem Nick Barlow writes here about the overlap of politics and Doctor Who:
YouGov have done a survey asking people their opinions about Doctor Who and what characteristics they want to see in the next Doctor….. It’s perhaps not surprising that Lib Dem voters are more likely to be Who fans than supporters of other parties … but it’s nice to see it statistically confirmed – 41% of Lib Dem supporters are interested in the series, compared to 34% of Labour, 29% of Tories and just 26% of UKIP supporters.
There’s also interest in the questions about what characteristics the new Doctor should have. Even without the breakdown by party, I’m surprised to see that the population of Britain are relatively open to the idea of a different Doctor. The only characteristics that get bare majority support are British (54%) and male (52%) – and male only gets about 40% support from Labour and Lib Dem voters. That gives me hope that when – and I believe it is a question of ‘when’, not ‘if’, even if it’s not this time – we get a female Doctor, the general populace will be much more inclined to accept it and see how it goes than certain Who fans believe they will be.
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