The Rochford District Community Archive has an article by Karen Bowman on workhouses here
….Prior to the commissioning of the new Rochford Union Workhouse in 1835 the poor could be housed in the Alms Houses built by Lord Robert Rich, Earl of Warwick, in Rochford itself and in two workhouses in Rayleigh. One was sited at Bedloes, opposite Rawreth Hall, while the other stood just outside the Churchyard gates in the High Street and, according to documentary evidence, was repaired in 1772…
In another item there, Bernard de Neumann asks a question:
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Do you know anything about it?
Does any reader remember anything of this site that existed as a derelict wreck after WW2? When I used to go there in about 1948 -1950 there was a metal structure and masses of smashed mirror.