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The river Stour is the dividing line between Essex and Suffolk and you’ll find the picturesque town of Manningtree located on the southern bank with views out to the Shotley peninsular. Manningtree is fast becoming the most desired property destination due to its trainline access to London and its river, walking and road access to picturesque and historic towns and villages such as Flatford, Dedham, Harwich and Colchester.

For city commuting and entertainment, London is 76 miles due South via the A12/13 or just 57 minutes from the local Manningtree train station.

With a population of around 5,800 Manningtree is part of a wider cluster of two further small villages those being Lawford and Mistley.

Manningtree itself has three local pubs, the Crown, the White Heart and the Red Lion – which claims to be the oldest. There is also a good cross-section of restaurants, local shops and a Coop supermarket by the quay.

Apart from the historic buildings around the core of the town, there are now many modern developments around the fringes and in the close additional villages of Lawford and Mistley.

Manningtree History

The name ‘Manningtree’ is said to mean ‘many trees’. Like most of the towns and villages in the surrounding 40 miles, Manningtree grew and prospered during the great ‘wool’ boom of the 15th Century; the river Stour giving Manningtree its additional ‘port’ based business later on.

Many of the original buildings were upgraded with new facades during the Georgian period.

One of the main, larger-than-life historical characters from the area was Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General. Although not born in Manningtree (he came from over the water in Suffolk) after he moved to the area and began close associations with a prominent family, his torturous antics became a national legend. This local historical site can fill in the details: Witch finders step sister4.pdf (manningtree-museum.org.uk)

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