The 50 feet high mound of a Norman castle with an inner bailey 260 feet by 150 feet stands on a hill overlooking the Crouch valley. Both the motte and the inner bailey are surrounded by a deep dry ditches. It was built at the end of the 11th century and was probably in use until the 14th century. The wooden keep is not thought to have been rebuilt in stone although stone and rubble has been excavated from the inner bailey.
Now a public park managed by the National Trust.
|In the centre of the town, 7 miles north west of Southend|
|Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7EW|