Mistley Towers

Manningtree Museum & Local History Group



We run a small museum and archive of local photographs, publications and historical information. We are located in Manningtree Library.

Our volunteers open the museum for all visitors on:
Wednesdays 10.00 - 12.00 noon
Fridays 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Saturdays 10.00 - 12.00 noon (plus on Saturdays afternoons during June, July & August - 2.00 to 4.00 pm)


Local history talks are held every other month starting 7.30 pm for 7.45 in the Methodist Church Hall, South Street - CO11 1BQ. Free entry for Members (£12 p.a.) & under 16 yrs, Visitors - £3.00.

Wednesday 25th March. AGM & History of the Tendring Hundred Show - Guy Smith.

Wednesday 27th May. North E Essex Second World War - Julian Foynes.

Wednesday 29th July. Bulmer Brick & Tile Company - Peter Minter.

Wednesday 30th September. History of EDME - Scott Pattinson.

Wenesday 25th November. Galloper Wind Farms - Sean Chenery.

2021 January 27th. 1,000 years of Lawford in 100 Images - Peter Gant


We also arrange walks for schools and local groups visiting the area.

Click here to download the Manningtree Town History Trail.

Click here to for the Rigby Ramble historical walk around Mistley

Matthew Hopkins.

Details of his move to Manningtree and initial 'Witch' hunting activities.

Tye Henge Lawford.

Background to this mysterious Neolithic monument built at the same time as Stone Henge.

Manningtree & Cattawade bridges

Where is the 'third' bridge & who was the Hermit of Cattawade?

Contact us

E-mail us with any enquiry:

Join us

Membership costs £12 per year and gives you free entrance to all talks - join on the door.

First World War Memorials.

100 years have passed since the start of the first World War & we are researching the names on the three local memorials. If you have any information or pictures relating to these please contact us via the email link above.

Visit this paqe for more information on the stories and families behind the Manningtree, Mistley & Lawford Memorials.

Here the story of the first two local men who died in August 1914 - the first month of the war, at Mons and La Cateau. August 1914

First losses at Sea September 1914

Two young sixteen year old boys lost together at Sea in October 1914.

Captain Cree, son of the Manningtree Vicar. Captain Cree 24th October

George Percy Holmes from Mistley Waggon & Horses.

Thomas Flurrie 4th November 1st battle of Ypres.

Henry Blake 20th November Le Gheer

John Tippins 26th November 1914 from Mistley Norman School.

Gallipoli where Stanley Souter, Amos Garrad, Orman Lankester & Lewis Day died.

Claude Osborne from George's Terrace Harwich Rd Mistley

James Crabtree from St Jame's Terrace Mistley marine engineer

Bertie Neville the unlucky boy from Cabbage Row

Jutland - John Henry Brunning and the HMS Queen Mary

Gaza where John Heron, WIlfred Ainger, Ernest Carr, Harry Dawson, Stanley Oxley & Arthur Sayer all died





Manningtree Walls


Manningtree High Street


Manningtree Foreshore


Manningtree War Memorial

More on this well known local family from Quay Street can be found here:- Lucas Family.

Manningtree War Memorial, High Street.

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