Bentley

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In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.

However, a number of pubs are providing takeaway food and/or drinks during the lockdown. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.

If you can give any of our pubs some support through these difficult times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support as possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.

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You can now buy beer from many pubs and breweries via CAMRA's new Brew2You app. Click on the logo to download the app.

Introduction

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.

Gallery

History

Philip Lambert, Innholder, deceased, late of Bentley (inn not named)Ipswich Journal, 20 May 1780***

The Orwell licensing records show an off-only establishment in Bentley run by Mary Elizabeth Walker (1959-1965), then John Oliver Walker (1965-1967).

The 1851 census records the following two pubs, which probably refer to the Railway Tavern & Tankard:

Robert Smith (Innkeeper, pub not named, Head/Married/45/born Washbrook).

Arthur Leggett (Innkeeper, pub not named, Head/Married/29/born Helmingham).

Acknowledgements

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

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