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Tendring District
Non-metropolitan district
Tendring shown within Essex
Tendring shown within Essex
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East of England
Non-metropolitan county Essex
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Clacton-on-Sea
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body

Tendring District Council Chairman Cllr Jayne Chapman (Conservative)

Vice Chairman Cllr Mark Platt (Conservative)
 • MPs Giles Watling (Conservative);
Bernard Jenkin (Conservative)
 • Total 130.34 sq mi (337.58 km2)
Area rank 129th (of 326)
Population (mid-2016 est.)
 • Total 142,600
 • Rank 143rd (of 326)
 • Density 1,100/sq mi (420/km2)
 • Ethnicity 97.5% White
0.9% Asian
0.3% Black
1.0% Mixed Race
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 22UN (ONS)
E07000076 (GSS)
OS grid reference TM170150
Website www.tendringdc.gov.uk

Tendring is a local government district in northeast Essex, England. It extends from the River Stour in the north, to the coast and the River Colne in the south, with the coast to the east and the town of Colchester to the west. Its council is based in Clacton-on-Sea. Towns in the district include Frinton-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-Naze, Brightlingsea and Harwich. Large villages in the district include St Osyth and Great Bentley.

Sometimes referred to as the "Tendring Peninsula", the district was formed on 1 April 1974 by a merger of the borough of Harwich with Brightlingsea, Clacton and Frinton and Walton urban districts, and Tendring Rural District. The name Tendring comes from the ancient Tendring Hundred which is named after the small Tendring 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 self-appointed Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins carried out many trials throughout this and the surrounding area, especially in the town of Manningtree and village of Mistley on the River Stour.

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


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.

Politics and local governance

Tendring District Council is currently in a state of No Overall Control (NOC) after the Local Elections in 2015. The Conservatives are the largest party with 23 out of the 60 available seats. The UK Independence Party has 22 seats, the Labour Party has 4 seats, the Holland-on-Sea Residents Association has 3 seats, the Liberal Democrats have 1 seat, Tendring First has 1 seat, and 6 independents were also elected.[1]

Before the 2015 elections, the council was controlled by the Conservatives who gained control of the authority in the 2011 local elections, holding 33 out of the 60 available seats. Tendring returns eight County Councillors to Essex County Council and at the 2013 local elections 4 seats were held by Conservatives, 2 won by UKIP, 1 won by Labour and 1 won by a Tendring First independent.

Tendring's Golf Green ward contains the most deprived area in England and Wales,[2] and is currently held by two UKIP Councillors.

Tendring District Council Elections 2015
Party Seats Change
Conservative 23 -10
UKIP 22 +22
Independent 6 +1
Labour 4 -5
Holland-on-Sea Residents' Association 3 -
Liberal Democrats 1 -1
Tendring First 1 -7


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).


  1. ^ "Tendring District Council Elections". Tendring District Council. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  2. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/english-indices-of-deprivation-2010
  3. ^ A Vision of Britain Through Time: Frinton and Walton

External links

  • Entry in Kelly's Directory of Essex, 1894
  • The local water supply company preserves the old name: Tendring Hundred Water Services Ltd
  • Review of ward boundaries by the Boundary Commission for England with maps
  • History notes on the Sokens
  • Unofficial Frinton website
  • Tendring Social Network Website
  • Media related to Tendring District at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°47′N 1°08′E / 51.783°N 1.133°E / 51.783; 1.133

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