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Bentley, Hampshire

Historical Description

Bentley, a village, a parish, and a liberty in Hants. The village stands 5 miles NE of Alton, and has a station on the L. & S.W.R., 42 miles from London. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Farnham. The parish comprises 2299 acres; population, 727. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £650 with residence. Patron, the Archdeacon of Surrey. There is a handsome church containing Norman, Early English, and Perpendicular work. It is approached by an avenue of ancient yew trees. There are several gentlemen's residences and considerable endowed charities, a Bible Christian chapel, and a parish institute.

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 CountyHampshire 
Ecclesiastical parishBentley St. Mary 
Poor Law unionAlton 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1539.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is an ancient edifice of stone, partly of Late Norman work, with additions in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, consisting of a chancel, with clerestory and aisles, nave containing north and south aisles of recent date, south porch, and a low tower containing 6 bells: there is a Norman font, dating about A.D. 1100: the east window is stained: the organ was erected at a cost of £400 to commemorate the Jubilee of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria; an avenue of yews leads up to the timber porch: there are about 400 sittings.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bentley from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.


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

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Hampshire newspapers online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Hampshire, 1530, 1575, & 1622-34 is available to view on the Heraldry page.

DistrictEast Hampshire
RegionSouth East
Postal districtGU10
Post TownFarnham