In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Tendring like this:
TENDRING, a village, a parish, a district, and a hundred, in Essex. The village stands 1½ mile from the Thorpe and Walton railway, and 7 SE of Manningtree; and has a post-office under Colchester, and a fair on 21 Sept. The parish comprises 2,827 acres. Real property, £4,801. Pop., 929. Houses, 168. The property is much subdivided. The manor, with the Manor-house , belongs to J. Cardinall, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £840.* Patron, Baliol College, Oxford. ...
The church was recently restored and enlarged. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and a workhouse.The district contains 32 parishes, and is divided into 5 sub-districts. Acres, 89,803. Poor rates in 1863, £15,211. Pop. in 1851, 27,710; in 1861, 27,105. Houses, 5,745. Marriages in 1863, 165; births, 894,-of which 48 were illegitimate; deaths, 532, -of which 188 were at ages under 5 years, and 21 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,835; births, 8,507; deaths, 5,579. The places of worship, in 1851, were 31 of the Church of England , with 9,754 sittings; 2 of Independents, with 660 s.; 3 of Baptists, with 540 s.; 20 of Wesleyans, with 4,384 s.; 5 of Primitive Methodists, with 404 s.; 1 of Wesleyan Reformers, with 110 s.; 1 of the New Church, with 31 attendants; and 1 undefined, with 420 s. The schools were 19 public day-schools, with 1,317 scholars; 54 private day-schools, with 1,003 s.; 36 Sunday schools, with 2,840 s.; and 1 evening school for adults, with 6 s.-The hundred is mainly identical with the district. Acres, 90,057. Pop. in 1851, 25,111; in 1861, 24,620. Houses, 5,523.
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Date accessed: 10th December 2013
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