Manningtree and Mistley and the Witchfinder General

manningtreebaywindow-150x150Visit Manningtree and Mistley, to explore and understand the life of Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General and the women he accused of witchcraft

This tour appeals to book groups, Key Stage3 students, interest groups, and those interested in the role and position of women in society during the period when Matthew Hopkins styled himself the Witchfinder General and persecuted many women across East Anglia.

For a day trip you could first visit Colchester where Matthew Hopkins imprisoned many women in Colchester Castle, and then travel by train or coach across country to Manningtree and Mistley, where Hopkins lived during his reign of terror. The two towns are on the banks of the beautiful River Stour, which is the border between Essex and Suffolk.

In Manningtree and Mistley join me for a guided tour to explore the stories of the women Matthew Hopkins persecuted, and visit some of the places along the way that the women and Hopkins would have known.

Book Groups

This tour is very popular with book groups who have read The Manningtree Witches by AK Blakemore and The Witchfinders Sister by Beth Underdown

School groups

It’s also popular with teachers and students studying the OCR A-level History: Popular Culture and the Witchcraze of the 16th and 17th Centuries module – it makes for a good day or afternoon trip out to put all the classroom studying into context, bringing the events of the past to life.

There are a number of tearooms and pubs in Mistley and Manningtree for lunch, including the Mistley Thorn, Tea at the Quay at Mistley and
The Crown in Manningtree

All the tours can be tailored to meet the needs of your party. For more information please email us ( or use our contact form and I will get back to you.