Thorpe Le Soken Area Guide
Thorpe-le-Soken is a village and civil parish in the Tendring district of Essex, England located west of Walton-on-the-Naze, Frinton-on-Sea and north of Clacton-on-Sea.
Thorpe-le-Soken's history can be traced back to Saxon times. There has been a manor house at Thorpe since about 1150. The old manor house, Thorpe Hall, was owned by the Leake family, and rebuilt in the 1820s by the wealthy lawyer J.M. Leake (d. 1862). It was later leased by Frederic Foaker, owner of Sneating Hall at Kirby-le-Soken. Thorpe Hall was the home of Viscount Byng of Vimy (Governor General of Canada 1921–6), and his wife Evelyn Byng, Viscountess Byng of Vimy, who relandscaped the gardens.
Between 1690 and 1720 Thorpe housed a community of several dozen Huguenot refugees fleeing persecution in France, who are thought to have stayed at the large house still called Comarques. (Source--Huguenot Society records) This was also the home of the famous Midlands author Arnold Bennett just before and during the 1st World War.
If you like the outdoors then the whole area surrounding Thorpe-Le-Soken is well worth a visit. Hamford Water National Nature Reserve is just a couple of miles down the road and if you want to go to the beach Claton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze are both just a short car ride away. Hire out a boutique beach hut, go for a game of Pitch and Putt Golf or simply have an ice cream on the promenade.
In terms of local education Thorpe-le-Soken has Rolph CofE Primary School on the High Street, and the Thorpe Campus of Tendring Technology College (Years 7, 8 and 9) in Landermere Road. It is also worth noting that Colhester Grammar school is only 10 miles up the road on the A133 if you wanted to look further afield.
The village is served by Thorpe-le-Soken railway station with direct trains every hour to London that take around 1 hour 20 mins into Liverpool Street. It is also easy to get to Colchester with regular local trains operating throughout the day.
London Stansted Airport (STN) is approximately 32 miles away.