to the website Section concentrating on the Manningtree Area.

The main site has expanded so much over the last few years that my own ‘Home Town’ and main focus has been lost in the mass of information.

To rectify this I am putting the relative data on this specific Manningtree  section.  

Districts covered will include, Manningtree, Mistley, Lawford, Colchester and Harwich.

Following the successful reunion on the 25th July 2019 I am hoping to work more closely with the local history group running the small but well organised Manningtree Museum.


Domesday Book Entry:

Mistley. Mitteslea: Henry's wife from Roger de Raismes

Lawford  Laleforda / Leleforda: King's land; Peter de Valognes; Roger de Raismes; Richard FitzGilbert; Waleran from the king, and Bishop of Bayeux and Ralph FitzThorold from him; Ranulf, Hugh de Montfort, Ralph Baynard, Eudo the Steward, Roger, Walter the Deacon and Adelulf from Count Eustace. 2 mills.

No record for Manningtree as a separate settlement.

In medieval times Manningtree was involved in the very prosperous wool trade as was the Lucas family in West Suffolk. It would make perfect sense to establish a family export facility connecting  to the ‘Lowlands’ of Europe.


The Main website with wider information and detailed family trees is:

News of family events and other items of interest will be listed at:

These pages are still in the development stage.

Regatta, Quay Street and Family Photographs

Punt Sailing

Trace the Family Lineage From 1180 to Present

Our Home Town

So what are the origins of the three Village names: Manningtree, Mistley and Lawford.

Manningtree Museum,

Manningtree History Group Website. External Link

A Brief introduction

OUR FAMILY by location

GOOGLE Map of the Manningtree Area

George Walter Lucas