Tendring

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Tendring District
Non-metropolitan district
Tendring shown within Essex
Tendring shown within Essex
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East of England
Non-metropolitan county Essex
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Clacton-on-Sea
Incorporated 1 April 1974
Government
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body

Tendring District Council Chairman = Cllr Neil Stock (Conservative)

Vice Chairman = Cllr Val Guglielmi (Conservative)
 • MPs Douglas Carswell (Conservative)
Bernard Jenkin (Conservative)
Area
 • Total 130.34 sq mi (337.58 km2)
Area rank 129th (of 326)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 138,100
 • Rank 144th (of 326)
 • Density 1,100/sq mi (410/km2)
 • Ethnicity 97.5% White
0.9% Asian
0.3% Black
1.0% Mixed Race
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 22UN (ONS)
E07000076 (GSS)
OS grid reference TM170150
Website www.tendringdc.gov.uk

Tendring is a local government district in North East Essex, England. It extends from the River Stour in the north, to the coast and the River Colne in the south, with the coast to the East and the town of Colchester to the west. Its council is based in Clacton-on-Sea. Towns in the district include Frinton-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-Naze, Brightlingsea and Harwich. Large villages in the district include St Osyth and Great Bentley.

Sometimes referred to as the "Tendring Peninsula", the district was formed on 1 April 1974 as a merger of the borough of Harwich, with Brightlingsea, Clacton and Frinton and Walton urban districts, and Tendring Rural District. The name Tendring comes from the ancient Tendring Hundred which is named after the small Tendring village at the centre of the area. The Tendring Poor Law Union covered the same area as the present district.

During the English civil war, the witch-finder general, Matthew Hopkins carried out many trials throughout this and the surrounding area especially in the town of Manningtree and village of Mistley on the River Stour.

The largest town in the Tendring district is Clacton-on-Sea, with a population of 53,000.

Etymology[edit]

There are these theories about the origin of its name:-

Topology[edit]

The highest part of the district is a low (35 metres) ridge running west to east only 3 km south of the River Stour. The greater part of the district is undulating land sloping very gently to the south which is traversed by a number of streams.

Politics and Local Governance[edit]

Tendring District Council (TDC) is currently controlled by the Conservatives who gained control of the authority in the 2011 local elections and currently hold 30 out of the 60 available seats. Tendring returns eight County Councillors to Essex County Council and at the 2013 local elections 4 seats were held by Conservatives, 2 won by UKIP, 1 won by Labour and 1 won by a Tendring First independent.

The Acting Leader of the Council is Conservative Councillor Paul Honeywood,who held the position of Deputy Leader of the Council since 2012. He is the temporary Leader until the Council's next Full Council meeting in February 2014 when the Council will elect a new Leader. Cllr Honeywood took over as Leader when, on 13 December 2013, Cllr Peter Halliday suddenly quit as Leader during a public meeting of the Authority's Cabinet. Cllr Halliday admitted to closely attacking a Conservative colleague at a meeting.

Tendring's Golf Green ward contains the most deprived area in England and Wales.[1] and is currently held by two Labour Councillors.

Parishes[edit]

The district is divided into the following parishes. "From" indicates older parishes which have now been merged.

Soken[edit]

In the extreme east of the district is an area formerly known as the Soken which was granted special privileges in Saxon times. It is remembered in the place names Kirby-le-Soken, Thorpe-le-Soken and Walton-le-Soken (an older name for Walton-on-the-Naze).

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Coordinates: 51°47′N 1°08′E / 51.783°N 1.133°E / 51.783; 1.133