Thorpe le Soken, Essex

Historical Description

Thorpe-le-Soken, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands on the road from Colchester to Walton-on-the-Naze, 6 miles N from Clacton-on-Sea, and 11 SW from Harwich. It has a station on the Tendring Hundred branch of the G.E.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Colchester. The parish is a seat of petty sessions. Acreage, 3318; population, 1099. The manor of the Three Sokens belongs to the Chapman family. Thorpe Hall is a chief residence. There are some extensive mailings. In the village there is a workmen's institute and coffee tavern. There were formerly two annual fairs in May and September, but these have been discontinued. The living is a vicarage? in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £308 with residence. The church is a building of red brick and rubble stone, consisting of chancel with organ chamber and N aisle, nave, aisles, N porch, and an embattled western tower. It has some ancient and interesting tombs and monuments, and some good stained windows. There are Baptist and Primitive Methodist chapels.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


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Ancient County Essex
Ecclesiastical parish Thorpe-Le-Soken St. Mary
Hundred Tendring
Poor Law union Tendring

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