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Thorpe-Le-Soken village sign.jpg
Thorpe-le-Soken is located in Essex
Thorpe-le-Soken shown within Essex
Population 1,961 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TM178223
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Clacton-on-Sea
Postcode district CO16
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East 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 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]

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. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Frinton on Sea, Tendring, Essex, UK - seaside town on the east coast of England". Frinton-on-Sea: Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  7. ^ "Viewing Page 366 of Issue 33348". 1928-01-17. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  8. ^ "Tendring District Council Conservation Area Review" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  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. 

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