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"KIRBY, a parish in the hundred of TENDRING, county of ESSEX, 11¼ miles (S. E.) from Manningtree, containing 853 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, consolidated with those of Thorpe le Soken, and Walton le Soken, in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Sokens, the wills and records being deposited at the residence of the Lord of the Manor, at Harwich; it is rated in the king's books at £10, and in the patronage of W. P. Honeywood, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Michael. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. The parish is bounded on the north by a creek of the North sea, which runs up to Landermere. Here is a wharf for loading and unloading small craft, which occasionally sail to London with corn. A fair is held on the festival of St. Ann, when the lord of the manor holds his annual court." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]



  • 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

  • Kirby-le-Soken was a member of the Tendring Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Kirby-le-Soken was a member of the Tendring Poor Law Union