As England's smallest town at just over 19 hectares, Manningtree is small but packs in a great deal for residents and visitors alike. Perhaps Manningtree is best known to the outside traveler by the railway station on the main London to Norwich line, but the most familiar landmark to the local traveler is Mistley Towers. The Towers, the surviving remnants of a fine 8th-century church, are most noticed and best remembered. But the area can be traced back much further, with stories of Romans, Shakespeare, witches, aristocrats, industry and the areas oldest resident "Old Knobbley".
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