History of Frinton

Frinton-on-Sea Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
Grand Hotel, Frinton-on-Sea, 1891
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History of Frinton >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848

FRINTON, a small parish on the sea-coast, 2½ miles South South West of Walton on the Naze, has only 44 inhabitants, 470 acres of land, four houses, and a few cottages.

It is said to have anciently had a village, which was washed away by the ocean, at least two centuries ago, and since then the sea has continued to encroach annually upon the land, by undermining the cliffs. Pyrites used formerly to be gathered on the beach, for the manufacture of copperas.

Miss Charlotte Lushington is lady of the manor of Frinton, Skyrman's fee, and the other principal landowners are Rt. Hills, Esq., E. H. Reynards, Esq., and the representatives of the late I. S. Brown.

The old Hall was pulled down about 1720, and its site is now in the sea. The present Hall is occupied by a farmer, and the three other houses are the Parsonage (a small cottage, occupied by a labourer,) the Wick, and the Battery House.

In one of them lived the celebrated Cornelius de Tulbury, who, among other exploits, swallowed considerable quantities of poison without injury. The famous Capt. Bushell, distinguished for his extraordinary success in fishing for wrecks, was long resident here.

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St Mary's Church, Frinyon-on-Sea.
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Of the ancient Church, standing on the cliff, about 300 yards from the sea, only part of the west end remains, the remainder having been destroyed by a storm in 1703.

The rectory, valued in K. B. at £7. 6s. 8d., and in 1831 at £180, is in the patronage of E. H. Reynard, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Francis Vyvian Luke, for whom the Rev. J. L. Kirby, of Little Clacton, officiates. The glebe is 28A., and the tithes were commuted, in 1841, for £150 per annum.

The Farmers are, Richard Stone, Hall; Joseph Sadler, Lodge; and Charles Theedam, Wick.

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Frinton - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Frinton - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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