Rochford District is steeped in history. As a visitor to the District you will find historical sites including the award-winning Rayleigh Windmill museum, the 18th century Dutch Cottage and the site of a Norman Castle at Rayleigh Mount. Listed buildings include the Old House in Rochford and Rochford Hall, one time home of the Boleyn family.
Look further afield to the outlying towns and villages, several of which are ancient settlements mentioned in the Domesday Book. The village of Paglesham is well known for its smuggling connections and nearby Ashingdon was the site of a significant battle in 1016 between the Danes, led by King Canute, and the Saxons.
Discover Rochford District's heritage attractions and places of historical interest or see the Related Content section to download a Rochford District Heritage Guide.