Thorpe-le-Soken shown within Essex
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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.
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. The village hosts several shops, pubs and eateries.
- Field Marshal Lord Byng of Vimy GCB GCMG MVO (1862–1935), an officer who served with distinction during World War I and as Governor General of Canada, lived in Thorpe-le-Soken during his retirement and died at the now demolished Thorpe Hall. He is buried at the 11th Century Parish Church of St. Leonard in Beaumont-cum-Moze.
- Sir William Gull (1816 – 1890), Royal physician, and suggested as a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders, is buried in St Michael's churchyard.
- Nigel Henderson (artist) (1 April 1917 to 15 May 1985), artist and photographer.
- Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi (7 March 1924 to 22 April 2005) sculptor and artist
- Sir Charles Bennett (27 September 1995) railway superior
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 24 September 2015.
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- Eminent persons: Biographies, reprinted from the Times. Vol. 1-6. D. Macmillan. 1893. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
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