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 Local History Books by David Cleveland

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This book looks at the small town of Manningtree situated 

on the Essex Suffolk border beside the tidal estuary of The Stour,

and the neighbouring villages of Mistley and Lawford.


Manningtree contains almost everything one could want – with a wide range of shops, businesses, and restaurants, as well as entertainment and recreational facilities such as sailing and boating. There is always a lot going on in the town, and events and happenings are mentioned in the book, along with short accounts of some of the businesses and people working in Manningtree. There are short sequences on the history and development of the town over the years.

The neighbouring villages of Mistley and Lawford are similarly covered, along with bits of history, industry, and continuing development in this corner of Essex, 


Manningtree and Around contains an introduction to the area, Chapters on Manningtree, Mistley and Lawford, and a full index. It has 132 pages with 247 colour and 48 black and white illustrations.

£14.50 inc UK P&P

After describing the severe air raids on Norwich in 1942, this book then introduces the new Lord Mayor who took up office on the 9th November, and then chronicles his day to day activities and events and happenings in the city throughout the next twelve months - to the end of his mayoral year on 8th November 1943.


Dr. Arthur Cleveland was one of the few Lord Mayors of Norwich who was not a member of the City Council.  He was a well known citizen in Norwich not only as an eminent physician but also through his work as Chairman of the Board of Management of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.


His Mayoral year was a busy one. The honour meant he was Chairman of Norwich City Council for a year, the Police Court, and other non-council organisations, and President of the Norwich War Savings Committee. Finding money for the war effort was a big part of Norwich life during that year, and people of all ages and local businesses raised thousands and thousands of pounds.


The Lord Mayor welcomed important visitors to the city, opened exhibitions, toured schools and factories and took part in municipal events. He strived to make sure American personnel then arriving in the county were made welcomed in the city and looked after through various amenities. 


Dr. Cleveland’s scrapbooks and photograph albums have survived and much material drawn from these and his own writings tell the story of this Lord Mayor’s year in the middle of the 1939-45 war. 

129 pages with 95 illustrations 


 Price £10 inc UK P&P

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A look at the early history of the 

Norfolk Farm Machinery Club, its 

county centres and agricultural activities, 

and how it contributed to the development of  mechanisation on Norfolk farms 


247 pages. 224 illustrations (36 in colour)


£15 inc UK P&P

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Lightships off the Essex Coast and the Story of LV18

With chapters on ‘The Early Days of Navigating the Coast’, ‘A History of Lightships’, and ‘Life on board a Lightship’, this book revolves round the last manned lightship LV18 which is now moored permanently at Harwich and is open to the public. The book includes a tour of the vessel. 

The 48 pages are illustrated with 38 black and white pictures plus 6 in colour.

ISBN 978-0-9558271-7-4 


£5 inc UK P&P

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