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.

Talks (Postponed)

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 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

Click here to download the Manningtree Town History Trail.

Click here to for the Rigby Ramble historical walk around Mistley

Hopton Bridge. History of a well known bridge and the battle that took place over it.

Mrs Burton. The Lady of Manningtree, her pretensions, her Henrys, her umbrella.

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?

History of Dale Hall Lawford. Get to know your local Manor.

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.

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 16 year old boys lost together at Sea in October 1914.

Son of the Manningtree Vicar. Captain Cree 24th October

George Percy Holmes from Mistley Waggon & Horses.

Thomas Flurrie battle of Ypres.

Henry Blake Le Gheer

John Tippins Mistley Norman Sch.

Gallipoli Ottoman.

Claude Osborne from Mistley

James Crabtree Mistley

Bertie Neville the unlucky boy

Jutland - John Henry Brunning

Gaza Palestine

1945 - List of those Lost WWII.

1945 - VE Day social event at Methodist Church Hall.


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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