Plan for new museum in Rayleigh

Southend Standard: Mike Davies Mike Davies

RAYLEIGH could soon have its own town museum.

Local historian, founder of Rayleigh Through the Looking Glass and chairman of the Rayleigh Town Museum Working Party, Mike Davies, has found a suitable building for his project.

Mr Davies, Rayleigh citizen of the year, has been searching for years to find a suitable home for his archives of Rayleigh artefacts and now hopes to have found the perfect spot.

He has submitted a planning application to Rochford District Council for the first floor of 91-93 Rayleigh High Street above Yours clothing shop and now awaits the planning officers’ decision.

Mr Davies said: “This is the oldest secular building in Rayleigh High Street and is a Grade II listed building within the conservation area.

“The location and building is ideal for a Town Museum, and the owner has agreed to install a fully accessible passenger lift, before we take possession of the building on a long lease. We have a long way to go, with planning permission required, as well as a need for a Heritage Lottery Grant that we are in the process of applying for, but all the signs are good.”

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8:04am Thu 17 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

Great news. It will be fantastic to add this to the town's already great historical value, with the windmill, the mount and the town tour.

I've always wanted to see what the Yours building looked like "backstage" as I am aware of its seniority in terms of it being the oldest building.

I look forward to seeing the new museum open.
Great news. It will be fantastic to add this to the town's already great historical value, with the windmill, the mount and the town tour. I've always wanted to see what the Yours building looked like "backstage" as I am aware of its seniority in terms of it being the oldest building. I look forward to seeing the new museum open. Kim Gandy
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8:16am Thu 17 Jul 14

VeteranOfMany says...

This will be great for Rayleigh, with so much local history, looking forward to it's fruition.
This will be great for Rayleigh, with so much local history, looking forward to it's fruition. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 3

10:38am Thu 17 Jul 14

rayleighrunner says...

Is it actually wanted though? I can think of loads of other things that are actually wanted and NEEDED in the town. A museum is a nice idea, but there should be other priorities. A new school, swimming pool, new public toilets, better parks....?
Is it actually wanted though? I can think of loads of other things that are actually wanted and NEEDED in the town. A museum is a nice idea, but there should be other priorities. A new school, swimming pool, new public toilets, better parks....? rayleighrunner
  • Score: -4

2:32pm Thu 17 Jul 14

12adam says...

^
what a negative post. Lots of people would be really interested to see this. I think most people in Rayleigh appreciate what a historical place it is and would take a look. Not to mention all the school trips that would visit.

As to what Rayleigh needs, I can't vouch for Rayleigh needing a new school I don't know numbers but a swimming pool is pie in the sky and always will be, we have some good public toilets right in the middle and at the top of the high street, what more do we need. As for parks we have three huge excellent parks, plus many more smaller ones and are right on the edge of a huge area of woodland and fields that stretch all the way to the airport, not sure what more you want.

This is a great idea. I look forward to my daughter visiting.
^ what a negative post. Lots of people would be really interested to see this. I think most people in Rayleigh appreciate what a historical place it is and would take a look. Not to mention all the school trips that would visit. As to what Rayleigh needs, I can't vouch for Rayleigh needing a new school I don't know numbers but a swimming pool is pie in the sky and always will be, we have some good public toilets right in the middle and at the top of the high street, what more do we need. As for parks we have three huge excellent parks, plus many more smaller ones and are right on the edge of a huge area of woodland and fields that stretch all the way to the airport, not sure what more you want. This is a great idea. I look forward to my daughter visiting. 12adam
  • Score: 4

7:44pm Fri 18 Jul 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Rayleigh has a great history that is overshadowed by the fact that we are part of rochford district council! The naming of tnis council was wrong from the start and rochford has never stopped making the point that it is the first named ! Rivalry is historic, rayleigh had the greater and more interesting history. The museum is much deserved. get over it Rochford.
Rayleigh has a great history that is overshadowed by the fact that we are part of rochford district council! The naming of tnis council was wrong from the start and rochford has never stopped making the point that it is the first named ! Rivalry is historic, rayleigh had the greater and more interesting history. The museum is much deserved. get over it Rochford. I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 1
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