Area of Correction
Rayleigh was the centre for the administration of justice for hundreds of years until the 15th century when Chelmsford gained more importance.
As Lord of the Manor, Sweyne and his father FitzWimarc aided the Conqueror’s invasion in 1066. He received a Baronetcy and Rayleigh an ‘Honor’ with supreme authority over 55 townships and Manors across several counties. With Manor Courts and three Judges sitting at Assize Courts, miscreants were tried, punished and ridiculed at the whipping post, pillory, stocks and cage – an open prison, situated near this spot.
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