Manningtree, Mistley & Lawford

Manningtree and Mistley adjoin each other on the Southern side of The River Stour and are located at the end of the navigable and tidal saltwater stretch of the River. The town of Manningtree is claimed to be the smallest town in the country and originally developed in the 15th century with the wool trade. It was also a thriving port and from here barges travelled along the inland freshwater stretch of the river to Sudbury. Mistley nearby also had a quay developed in the 16th century and nowadays there is still just a small amount of commecrcial activity. In the main the river is now enjoyed by boating and sailing enthusiasts and there is a yacht club located by the river. The river is also a haven for wildlife and throughout the year a walk along The Walls between Manningtree and Mistley will probably result in you feeding the swans who are permanantly resident. As you reach Mistley you will see the famous Mistley Towers and many of the old maltings and granary which have been converted into modern flats overlooking the river. Lawford lies to the west of the main town and all three areas benefit from the excellent railway link at Manningtree station to Liverpool St which is an additional attraction to buyers in these areas.

 


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