It lies on the Roman road called Stane Street, about two miles (3 km) to the west of Braintree, which is the nearest town. Rayne has a primary school and Church and offers a local convenience store and post office.
Rayne has two pubs, The Swan and The Welsh Princess and 47 The Street, an Italian restaurant and Voujon, serving authentic Indian Cuisine. Explore the area of The Flitch Way via foot or bike and have tea and cake at the Booking Hall Cafe- situated in the disused Train Station.
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The Rayne village sign represents five different aspects including a spinning wheel and straw plait representing past industry, a plough share representing the first improved plough made at Rayne Foundry, a modern tractor representing todays industry of agriculture, filling a mold represents techniques used when there was a working Foundry and finally Sir Giles Capel helmet representing historic background.