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Population (2011) of Bentley: 776.

Local licensing authority for Bentley is Babergh.

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About Bentley

Bentley was recorded in Domesday as "Benetleia". The Tudor hall was extended by Tollemache family in 19th century. The Great Barn at the hall is one of the largest historic outbuildings in the UK. Dodnash Wood (between Bentley and East Bergholt) is a remnant of ancient woodlands; don't miss the awe-inspiring display of bluebells there in spring (see the gallery).

Several good local walks lead to the Stour valley.

Nothing now remains of the Augustinian Dodnash Priory, founded about 1188 and dissolved in 1525, though some of its stones have been reused at Dodnash Priory Farm.

Bentley Railway Station opened in June 1846 and closed in November 1966. As well as serving the London-Norwich line, it was the terminus of the Hadleigh branch line, which opened in 1847 and closed in 1965, though passenger traffic ceased in 1932.


Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.