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It is believed that Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder General of the 17th-century, notorious for terrorising East Anglia had his headquarters in Manningtree and that it was here that he began his career. Fact or fiction - who knows, but what is in little doubt is that Manningtree is a town of immense charm and character.
Tudor times saw Manningtree as a prosperous town whose wealth was garnered from the wool and cloth trade. The town shows fine examples of weavers cottages and walks through the town reveal fine Georgian facades behind which are Tudor and Elizabethan houses. Here you can enter what appears to be an elegant georgian shop only to find delightful creaking oak flooring, walls of timber frame and a ceiling of ancient Oak beams, all built in Tudor times! In Elizabethan times a market was held at the centre of the town, the site is still known as Market Cross.
Manningtree is famous for its swans and sailing barges, it was also known as a brewing centre. The graceful swans remain, brewing continues and a port is in operation in nearby Misterly. These days tourism is central to Manningtree which is pleasantly situated at the head of the River Stour amidst some beautiful countryside. The shopping is excellent with specialist antique and craft shops, there are also several noteworthy inns and restaurants. The beautiful coast with miles of golden sandy beaches is just a few short miles away and Manningtree is surrounded by several pretty villages that are a joy to explore. Nearby attractions include; The Beth Chatto Gardens and Flatford Mill and Lock.
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