FRATING, a parish, in the union and hundred of Tendring, N. division of Essex, 6 miles (E. S. E.) from Colchester; containing 271 inhabitants. It comprises 1237a. 3r. 29p. The lands are generally elevated; the soil is light and dry, and the surrounding district abounds with pleasing scenery. The living is a discharged rectory, with that of Thorrington united, valued in the king's books at £10, and in the patronage of St. John's College, Cambridge; net income, £799. The tithes of Frating have been commuted for £345, and there are 35 acres of glebe. The church is a small ancient edifice with a tower.