About us...


Thorpe Bay Lawn Tennis Club was formed in 1912 for both lawn tennis and croquet. It is interesting to note that the annual subscription was then 10s 6p for ladies and One Guinea for men! Originally only four courts were made available, but by 1926 there were eleven grass courts and five hard courts (for winter play), the croquet lawn having been dispensed with. The court surfaces have naturally changed over the years to the extent that the Club now enjoys the use of sixteen synthetic carpet courts allowing all year round play, four of which are floodlit involving a revolutionary system of telescopic columns. The Club is a members club whose affairs are managed and run by elected members working on a voluntary basis through a controlled committee structure. The Club is affiliated to the Lawn Tennis Association and can justifiably claim to be one of the largest (with an overall membership of around 800) and most successful members clubs in the country.



Total Number of Courts


Artificial Grass


Hard Courts


Floodlit Courts


The new Clubhouse was opened in 2012 and provides:


  • Licensed Bar with Lounge (Saturday & Sunday Lunchtime, and during the summer:Monday to Friday from 7.30 pm)
  • Changing Facilities with showers
  • Kitchen
  • Function Hall
  • Patio area overlooking main courts

Thorpe Bay LTC was founded in 1912 and the subscriptions were one guinea for men and 10/6d for ladies.


The Club started with 4 grass courts and a croquet Lawn. By 1924 there were 16 courts; 11 grass and 5 shale, and about that time the first proper Pavilion was built.

During the 2nd World War the Club was largely unused except by the soldiers based at the Garrison.


During the early 60’s the club had 199 Adult members with 153 cadets


The Club first hosted the Essex Open Junior Tournament in 1975, and still does to this day.


The Club celebrated its Centenary in 2012 with the finishing of the Club House and its fantastic facilities.

Thorpe Bay Lawn Tennis Club
Thorpe Bay Gardens
Thorpe Bay


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