Frinton-on-Sea is a small seaside town in the Tendring District of Essex. It had an estimated population of 4,800 in 2016. It is part of the Parish of Frinton and Walton. The parish consists of the towns of Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze, and the villages of Kirby-le-Soken, Kirby Cross and Great Holland. Connaught Avenue (the main shopping street) used to be known as the 'Bond Street' of East Anglia.
The town has a claim on the world's first wireless telegraph school, which was established in 1901 with the opening of a residential school for training engineers for Marconi's International Marine Communication Co. In 1934 an estate of Art Deco houses was planned designed by Oliver Hill but was never completed and 1936 building work stopped. There several of the original Art Deco properties remaining.
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, though 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. 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."
Follow the A12 from London. Turn off just beyond Colchester on the A120, then the A133, then follow the signs to Weeley, then the B1033 to Frinton. Turn right when you arrive at the railway, level crossing roundabout.
- 1 Railway Station, Station Approach, Frinton-on-Sea, CO13 9JT. Served by one train per hour between Colchester and Walton-on-the-Naze, with a few peak-time services to and from London. However, to reach the station from London outside peak hours, you will need to change trains at either Thorpe-le-Soken or Colchester. From the station, it is a 15-minute walk (0.75 miles) to the esplanade and the beach via Connaught Avenue.
National Cycle Route 150 runs along the coast from Walton to the NE to past Clacton to the SW.
Best by foot, but local buses run every 30 minutes between Walton and Clacton, and every two hours between Walton and Colchester. All buses stop close to the station, just outside the crossing gates.
- 1 Walton Naze Tower (Tower, Gallery & Museum), Naze Tower, The Naze, Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, CO14 8LE (3½ miles NE of town), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 1 Apr-31 Oct daily 10:00-17:00.
- The beach. swimming or sun bathing in the summer
- 1 Walton Pier (Tenpin Bowling, Funfair Rides, Amusements), Walton-on-the-Naze, CO14 8ES (2 miles NE of town), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Bowling: daily from 10:00; Amusements from 10:00 (peak season), from 11:00 (off-peak).
- Clacton to Walton Coast Walk (OS Grid ref TM 184 150). 7 miles, 2½ hr. Walk along sea wall. Several beach kiosks along the route.
- Every summer there is a respected Summer Theatre
- An annual Literary Festival around October.
- An annual Fun Run around May.
The main street, Connaught Avenue, is home to many charity shops, second-hand bookshops, antiques centres, etc. There is a distinct lack of any typical high-street chain stores, although there are Co-op and Greggs stores in the town centre. The Triangle shopping centre on the outskirts of Frinton houses two more sizeable supermarkets - a Fiveways and an Iceland.
- 1 Co-op (Supermarket), 102-104 Connaught Ave, Frinton On Sea, CO139PT, ☎ . Daily 07:00-22:00. ATMs, Post Office, parking nearby.
- 2 Tesco Express (Convenience Store), 22 High St, Walton On The Naze, CO14 8BH, ☎ . Daily 06:00-23:00.
- 1 Star of India (Tandoori Restaurant & Take-away), Connaught Ave, Frinton-on-Sea, CO13 9PN. Daily 18:00-23:30.
- 2 Piatto (Italian Restaurant & Take-away), 52-54 Connaught Ave, Frinton-on-Sea, CO13 9PR, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-Th 10:00-15:00 & 17:00-21:00. F 10:00-15:00 & 17:00-22:00. Sa 10:00-22:00. Su 10:00-21:00.
- 3 Avenue Bistro, 145 Connaught Ave, Frinton-on-Sea, CO13 9AH, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-Sa 11:30-14:30 & 18:30-21:30. Su 12:00-15:00.
- 4 The Manor (Pub & Food), Rectory Rd, Great Holland, CO13 0JP, ☎ . M-Sa 12:00-23:00. Su 12:00-22:00.
- 1 Lock and Barrel, 28 Connaught Ave, Frinton-on-Sea, CO13 9PR, ☎ . Daily 11:00-23:00. Frinton's only pub inside the gates
- 2 The Essex Skipper (Pub & Food), Rochford Way, Frinton-on-Sea, CO13 0AZ, ☎ . M-Sa 11:00-23:00. Su 12:00-22:00; Food: M-Sa 12:00-14:00 & 17:30-20:30. Su 12:00-16:30.
- 3 The Ship (Pub & Food), 35 Walton Rd, Kirby-Le-Soken, CO13 0DT, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 11:00-23:00; Food: M-F 12:00-14:30 & 18:00-21:00. Sa 12:00-21:00. Su 12:00-17:00.
- 4 The Victory (Pub, Food & Accomodation), 4 Suffolk St, Walton On The Naze, CO14 8AR (2 miles NE of town), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Th 11:00-23:00. F Sa 11:00-00:00. Su 11:00-23:00.
- 1 The Rock Hotel (Hotel with Restaurant), The Esplanade, Frinton-on-Sea, CO13 9EQ, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: from 14:00, check-out: by 11:00. No children under 10. No dogs. Free Wi-Fi.
- 2 The Old Surgery (B&B), 14 Holland Rd, Frinton-on-sea, CO13 9DH, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Free Wi-Fi.
- 3 Uplands (Guesthouse), 41 Hadleigh Rd, Frinton on Sea, CO13 9HQ, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
- 4 The Elizabeth Guest House, 8 New Pier St, Walton on the Naze, CO14 8EB, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: after 16:00, check-out: by 10:30. No dogs. Single £55 per night; Double/twin £65 per night.
- 1 Post Office, 108 Connaught Ave, Frinton-On-Sea, CO13 9PT.