Thorpe Bay is an Place within the borough of Southend-on-Sea in Essex, England located on the Thames Estuary. Thorpe Bay is situated within the Thorpe ward of Southend-on-Sea. It is roughly speaking 4 miles to the east of Southend. Originally the Place was called Thorpe, but it was renamed Thorpe Bay, after the railway station. The station had been unconditional the declare to indicate that it was a seaside settlement. The majority of Thorpe Bay consists of residential properties, mainly built in the 1920s, arranged in a grid pattern.