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Rayleigh Mount

Rayleigh Mount (or Rayleigh castle) was built soon after the Norman conquest. It's an 11th century motte and bailey castle and today, the only remnants of it, are in the earth.
It is one of the 48 castles mentioned in Domesday (1086) and was built by the Sheriff of Essex; Sweyn or Swein. He was the son of a wealthy Norman Lord; Robert FitzWimarc who was a favourite of Edward the Confessor.
Upon Sweyn's death, it passed to his son Robert, and then to his son Henry. However, by 1163, Henry had lost the estate due to losing in a trial by combat (he was accused of cowardice in battle) and the property passed on to King Henry II.

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By the time Henry died, it had been passed on to the formidable King John, and from there, to Hubert de Burgh, and from there, to Hubert's son. By this time, it was the late 13th century and according to Wiki, documents state that at this point, the castle was no longer being used for a fortification... only for pasture. King Richard II in 1394, gave the folk of Rayleigh permission to use the structure as a source for stone, and i suppose not long after this, all structures dispersed.

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^ We climbed to the top which would have been the motte and found that the pond is still use by ducks :) i think this pond might have been where the original fosse was.

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coat - primark via a blog sale (around £12)
t-shirt - qwertee (£8)
skirt - topshop via a charity shop (£4.49)
bag - vintage - (£6.99)

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