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Manningtree is a small town north of Colchester and adjacent to Lawford that has great transport links to London and Norwich. 

Sitting in the district of Tendring, Essex, Manningtree lies on the River Stour and has historically claimed to be the 'smallest town in England'. In 2007, Mayor Lee Lay-Flurrie said that this has been made official to her by the Census Customer Services. 

The town has 700 people spread throughout 20 hectares and in April 2009 it was proposed that Manningtree should merge with Mistley and Lawford which are adjacent parishes - however this is yet to come to pass. 


The name Manningtree is thought to have been derived from ‘many trees’. The town’s trade was mainly wool in the 15th century, until its decline in the 18th century. It also had an active trade - shipping corn, timber and coal until its decline with the introduction of the railway.

Many buildings in Manningtree have Georgian facades which obscure their origins. Famous buildings include the library, which was built as a public fall for the corn exchange, and was later used around 1900 for public use, as well as the oldest Methodist church in Essex, located on South Street.

Manningtree is on Holbrook Bay, part of the River Stour and located on the eastern edge of Dedham Vale. The village has a railway station that provides a direct train link to London, Norwich and Harwich.



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