In 1884, Rayleigh was a small agricultural village with a population of just over 1000. There was no A127, and the Railway line had not arrived. The roads as such which comprised of compacted earth interlaced with granite chippings did not have the benefit of drainage.
Rayleigh Through Time unveils a fascinating collection of photographs, many of which have not been seen in print before. The book shows in vivid details how Rayleigh has changed and developed over the last century to become the thriving town it is today with a population 35 times greater than it was 120 years ago.