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Bentworth, Hampshire

Historical Description

Bentworth, a village and a parish in Hants. The village stands 4½ miles WNW of Alton railway station on the L. & S.WR., and has a post office under Alton, which is the money order and telegraph office. The parish comprises 3763 acres; population, 604. The manor was inherited from his father by George Withers the poet, and was sold by him at the outbreak of the Civil War to raise a troop of horse. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £544. There is a dissenting chapel. The church is an ancient flint structure in the Early English style.

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 parishBentworth 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 1603.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is an ancient flint structure in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles and south porch with small tower containing 4 bells: the east window and others are stained, and include one to the Rev. Henry Staverton Mathews M.A. rector 1847-87: the tower was restored in 1891, and an oak shingled spire added: there are about 300 sittings.

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 Bentworth 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 Bentworth 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 districtGU34
Post TownAlton