History of Little Bentley

St. Mary the Virgin Church - exterior
St. Mary the Virgin Church, Little Bentley.
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History of Little Bentley >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848

BENTLEY, (LITTLE) 8 miles East of Colchester, and 5 miles South by East of Manningtree, is a village and parish, containing 462 souls, and about 2000 acres of land, with a fertile soil, varying from heavy to a sandy loam, and giving rise to two sources of a rivulet, which, after a course of ten miles southward, falls into the sea.

At the Domesday Survey, it belonged to Allen, Earl of Bretagne, and Richd. Fitzgislebert, lord of Clare; and it afterwards passed to the le Gros, Bouchier, Pyrton, Bayning, Peck, and other families. Mrs. Eliz. Bond, of London, is now lady of the manor; but a great part of the soil belongs to Col. T.A. Brandreth and several small owners.

The Church (Virgin Mary,) is an ancient well-proportioned structure, and has a leaded nave and north aisle, a tiled chancel, and a stone tower, containing five bells. It had formerly a chantry founded by Sir John le Gros, in 1386.

The rectory, valued in K.B. at £13, and in 1831 at £687, is in the patronage of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. H.R.S. Smith, M.A., who has a neat white brick residence, and about 52A. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1840 for £670 per annum.

A large National School was erected in the churchyard, in 1848, in the early English style.

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Little Bentley - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

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Little Bentley - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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