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Great Bentley, Essex

Historical Description

Bentley, Great, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands near the Tendring Hundred branch of the G.E.R., 8 miles SE by E of Colchester, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Colchester, and a railway station of the same name. The parish comprises 3235 acres; population, 1008. The living is a vicarage in the diuccse of St Albans; gross yearly value, £300 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of St Albans. The church is a building of red sandstone, and has a very fine Norman arch over the S door. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 CountyEssex 
Ecclesiastical parishBentley St. Mary 
Poor Law unionTendring 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Postal districtCO7
Post TownColchester