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Great Clacton

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“CLACTON (GREAT), a parish in the hundred of TENDRING, county of ESSEX, 14 ½ miles (S. E. by E.) from Colchester, containing 1075 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, with Little Holland, in the archdeaconry of Colchester, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £10, and in the patronage of F. Nassau, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. The bishops of London had formerly a palace here. This parish is bounded on the south by the North sea, and contains three Martello towers and a battery for the defence of the coast. A fair for toys is held on the 29th of June.” [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]

Places within this parish - Clacton-on-SeaJaywick



  • Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1911, which includes most copies held at the ERO, Wharf Rd, Chelmsford. More information on other ways to view these census returns on the Essex

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Historical Geography

  • Great Clacton was a member of the Tendring Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Great Clacton was a member of the Tendring Poor Law Union