Tendring District

Tendring District
Clacton (on-Sea), the administrative centre of the district
Clacton (on-Sea), the administrative centre of the district
Tendring shown within Essex
Tendring shown within Essex
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countyEssex
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQClacton-on-Sea
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyTendring District Council
 • MPsGiles Watling (Conservative);
Bernard Jenkin (Conservative)
 • Total130.34 sq mi (337.58 km2)
 • Rank123rd (of 309)
 • Total148,291
 • Rank144th (of 309)
 • Density1,100/sq mi (440/km2)
 • Ethnicity
97.5% White
0.9% Asian
0.3% Black
1.0% Mixed Race
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code22UN (ONS)
E07000076 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTM170150
Tendring District Council
Neil Stock, Conservative
since 26 May 2015
Seats48 councillors
Political groups
  Conservative (21)
  Independent Group (6)
  Tendring Independents (6)
  Labour (6)
  Tendring First (4)
  Holland Residents (2)
  Liberal Democrats (2)
  UKIP (1)
Last election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Clacton-on-Sea- Clacton Town Hall (geograph 5966342).jpg
Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1SE
Harwich, an important port town in both the district and Essex

Tendring District is a local government district in north-east 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 city 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.

Walton-on-the-Naze, one of the many coastal settlements in the district

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 Urban District, 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.

Jaywick. a shanty settlement on the coast near Clacton

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.


Tendring district contains the most deprived part of England, in the Jaywick area. This area was ranked as the most deprived are in the government's indices of deprivation in 2010, 2015 and 2019 (being the most recent survey as at 2022).[1]

Politics and local governance

As at June 2022, of the 48 members of Tendring District Council, the Conservatives have 21, Independent Group 6, Tendring Independents 6, Labour 6, Tendring First 4, Holland-on-Sea Group 2, Liberal Democrats 2, and UKIP 1.[2] The council is therefore under no overall control, with the Conservatives the largest group. Since 2015, the leader of the council has been Neil Stock, a Conservative.[3]

The council has its main offices and meeting place at Clacton Town Hall.[4]


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).


Coat of arms of Tendring District
On a wreath of the colours an ancient ship Gules sail furled Proper flying flags and forked pennon of St. George and charged on the hull with three escallops Or pendent from the yardarm by chains a portcullis Or nailed and spiked Azure.
Azure on a fess between two chevrons Argent a mural crown Gules all between two flaunches Argent each charged with two bars wavy Azure surmounted of a seaxe point upwards Proper hilt and pommel Or.
Pro Bono Omnium (For The Good of All)[6]


  1. ^ "The English Indices of Deprivation 2019" (PDF). Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Councillors by political grouping". Tendring District Council. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Councillor Neil Stock". Tendring District Council. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Council services and office locations". Tendring District Council. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  5. ^ A Vision of Britain Through Time: Frinton and Walton
  6. ^ "East of England Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 9 March 2021.

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