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Tendring District

Shown within Essex
Status: District
Region: East of England
Admin. County: Essex
- Total
337.58 km²
Admin. HQ: Clacton-on-Seamarker
ONS code: 22UN
- Total ( )
- Density


/ km²

Ethnicity: 96.0% White
1.3% S.Asian
1.1% Black
1.0% Mixed Race


Tendring District Council

Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
MPs: Douglas Carswell, Bernard Jenkin
Tendring is a local government district in North East Essex, Englandmarker. It extends from the River Stourmarker in the north, to the coast and the River Colnemarker in the south, with the coast to the East and the town of Colchestermarker to the west. Its council is based in Clacton-on-Seamarker. Towns in the district include Frinton-on-Seamarker, Walton-on-the-Nazemarker, Brightlingseamarker and Harwichmarker. Large villages in the district include Great Bentleymarker and St Osythmarker.

Sometimes referred to as the "Tendring Peninsula", the district was formed on April 1, 1974 as a merger of the borough of Harwich, with Brightlingsea, Clacton and Frinton and Waltonmarker urban districts, and Tendring Rural District. The name Tendring comes from the ancient Tendring Hundred which is named after the small Tendringmarker 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 towns of Manningtreemarker and Mistleymarker on the River Stour.

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


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


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.


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


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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