LUCAS Family in Mistley

We have evidence of the Lucas Family in Mistley from fairly early times.

Over recent years Mistley has been overshadowed by Manningtree since the latter gained Town status.

The Village itself probably pre-dates many settlements in the area. Deposits of stone age flint tools have been found on it’s southern boundaries.

It could well be argued that the original centre was around what is now referred to as Mistley Heath. This was the site of the first Church, the remains of which were only destroyed fairly recently.

The area around the river front; the harbour, has long been referred to as The Thorn is likely to have been a separate self contained settlement.

The early name for these settlements was Schidynghoo (or Chedynghoo) and probably referred to an early tribal leader.

The Church at the Heath was the dominate religious centre, Manningtree being served by a lay Chapel to save the long trek  to Mistley Heath. The Thorn community had to make the journey to Mistley Heath.

It was not until much later that St Michael’s Church at Manningtree was established in it’s own right. Again it was many years until the Church by the river (The Towers) was built and replaced the church on the heath. The harbour had grown in importance to the detriment of the heath, which became a hamlet on Mistley.

The River side Church was redesigned by the Adams Brother (better known for their fire surrounds) as part of a redevelopment to turn the location into a luxury spa resort (it didn’t happen).

The Current church is later and was built to improve the view from Mistley Hall which overlooked the valley below.

Mistley has expanded westwards up to Manningtree’s boundary. The Town of Manningtree was thus enclosed resulting in it’s status  as England’s smallest Town.

Mistley’s harbour was capable of handling much larger ships and as the vessels became bigger so Mistley gained more business, vessels. Mistley became the centre for sea going craft, Manningtree receiving cargos shipped down-stream  from the inland posts.

LUCAS FAMILY in Mistley.

An interesting point raised in the assessment below, did the family occupy  amongst other lands the common land now known as Furze Hills?

Rd. Northen, pl. Jn. Lucas, esq., & w. Mary, def. 1 mess., 1 gdn., 40 a. ar., 50

a. mw., 60 a. pa., 10 a. wd., 30 a. furze & heath & 20s. rt. in Mysteley. 130 mks.

Hil. &: Eas. Francis Saunders, esq., &: Wm. Walter sen., pl. Jn. Goodwyn, esq.,

Hy. Josselyn, esq., &: w. Anne, &: Jn. Lucas, gent., &: w. Mary, def. Manors of Manytre,

Schidynghoo alias Chedynghoo, Oldhall alias Oldehall, Newhall &: Abbottesalias Edlynges

&: 60 mess., 20 cotts., 10 tofts, 4 water·mills, 1,000 a ar., 200 a. mw., 1,000 a. pa., 400

a. wd., 600 a. furze & heath &: .£20 rt. in Manytre, Scidynghoo alias Chedynghoo, Oldhall alias Oldehall, Newhall, Abbottes alias Edlynges, Mistleigh alias Mysteley, Bradfeld, Colchester, Stanwaye, Wrabne alias Wrabnes, Wikes, Little Badowe, Lawforde, Little Bromeleigh, Ardleigh, 'and Our Ladye i~ the Otes', view of frank pledge, free warren, liberties &: franchises in Misteleigh &: Manytre, the rectory &: church of Bradfeld &: tithes of Bradfeld, &: the advowsons of the church of Misteleigh alias Misteley &: the vicarage of Bradfeld. Def. quitclaimed to pl. & the heirs of Francis. And for this pl. gtd. one moiety of the same to Jn. Goodwyn &: his heirs, &: the other moiety to Hy.&: Anne &: the heirs of Anne, to hold of the chief lords.