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Fenny Bentley, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Bentley Fenny or Fenny Bentley, a village and a parish in Derbyshire, in Dovedale, 2½ miles N of Ashborne railway station. The parish has a post office under Ashborne, which is the telegraph office; money order office, Tissington. Acreage, 1038; population, 236. The manor belongs to the Challiner family. Sir W. Fitzherbert, Bart., is the chief landowner. The living is a rectory in the diocese of South-well; value, £250. Patron, the Bishop of Southwell. The church was repaired in 1850, and contains curious old monuments of the Beresfords, as well as a beautiful 15th century rood screen of old carved oak in perfect order, erected by the sons of Thomas Beresford (who fought at Agincourt, and whose tomb and memorial window are in the church) as a thankoffering after the Wars of the Roses.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDerbyshire 
Ecclesiastical parishFenny Bentley St. Mary Magdalene 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records, in conjunction with the Derbyshire Record Office, have the Church of England Baptisms (1538-1916), Marriages and Banns (1538-1932), and Burials (1538-1991) online.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Fenny Bentley from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Derbyshire is online.


Online maps of Fenny Bentley are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Derbyshire papers online:

DistrictDerbyshire Dales
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE6
Post TownAshbourne