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Thorpe-Le-Soken village sign.jpg
Thorpe-le-Soken is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Population1,961 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTM178223
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townClacton-on-Sea
Postcode districtCO16
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°51′25″N 1°09′50″E / 51.857°N 1.164°E / 51.857; 1.164Coordinates: 51°51′25″N 1°09′50″E / 51.857°N 1.164°E / 51.857; 1.164

Thorpe-le-Soken is a village and civil parish in the Tendring district of Essex, England located east of Colchester, west of Walton-on-the-Naze, Frinton-on-Sea and north of Clacton-on-Sea.


Thorpe-le-Soken's history can be traced back to Saxon times.[2]

There has been a manor house at Thorpe since about 1150. The old manor house, Thorpe Hall, was owned by the Leake family, and rebuilt in the 1820s by the wealthy lawyer J.M. Leake (d. 1862). It was later leased by Frederic Foaker, owner of Sneating Hall at Kirby-le-Soken. Thorpe Hall was the home of Viscount Byng of Vimy (Governor General of Canada 1921–6), and his wife Evelyn Byng, Viscountess Byng of Vimy, who relandscaped the gardens.[3]

Between 1690 and 1720 Thorpe housed a community of several dozen Huguenot refugees fleeing persecution in France, who are thought to have stayed at the large house still called Comarques. The house is now home to the Adams family. (Source—Huguenot Society records) This was also the home of the famous Midlands author Arnold Bennett just before and during the 1st World War. (Source—contemporary issues of Essex County Standard, Arnold Bennett's Correspondence).

The local church, St Michael's, was shown in series 2 episode 4 of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? where comedian Julian Clary traced a family member to the church.[4]


Thorpe-le-Soken has Rolph CofE Primary School in the High Street, and the Thorpe Campus of Tendring Technology College (Years 7, 8 and 9) in Landermere Road. The village is served by Thorpe-le-Soken railway station. The village used to have a post office, but this was closed in a round of government cuts.[5] The village hosts several shops, pubs and eateries.[6]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  2. ^ Shore, Thomas William (1906), Origin of the Anglo-Saxon Race - A Study of the Settlement of England and the Tribal Origin of the Old English People (1st ed.), London, p. 279
  3. ^ "LANDOWNERSHIP: THORPE-LE-SOKEN" (PDF). Victoria County History.
  4. ^ "Thorpe le Soken: Comic Julian films new TV series at Essex church". Thurrock Gazette. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Frinton on Sea, Tendring, Essex, UK - seaside town on the east coast of England". Frinton-on-Sea: Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Viewing Page 366 of Issue 33348". 17 January 1928. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Tendring District Council Conservation Area Review" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  9. ^ "The United Benefice of Tendring, Little Bentley and Beaumont-cum-Moze". Archived from the original on 7 July 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  10. ^ Eminent persons: Biographies, reprinted from the Times. Vol. 1-6. D. Macmillan. 1893. Retrieved 4 June 2010.

External links[edit]

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