A scattered village on rich sandy soil, recorded in Domesday as "Benenhala" (with a few variations in spelling). Benhall Lodge was given by Henry II to Ranulfe Glanville. Later it was sold to Guido Kerr who obtained a charter for a fair from Edward I. Later, in 1638, Benhall Lodge was built by Sir Edward Duke. Sir Hyde Parker also lived here and is perhaps best remembered as the hesitant Admiral who commanded the British fleet at Copenhagen in 1801 when famously Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson blatantly ignored his orders by raising a telescope to his blind eye and exclaiming, "I really do not see the signal." Nelson subsequently pressed on with his action and compelled the Danish forces to capitulate.

Mill Lane marks the location of an old windmill which was demolished in 1957.




The 1871 Census also lists Joseph H Tunmer (Draper & Grocer, Draper's Shop, Head/Married/53y/born Ipswich) with Harriet Tunmer (Draper's Shop, Wife/Married/54y/born Leiston)

The 1874 Whites Directory also lists Joseph Hare Tunmer as a beer retailer (& groceer & draper).

The 1881 Census also lists Joseph H Tunmer (Grocer & Draper, Head/Married/64y/born Ipswich) with Harriet Tunmer (Grocer & Draper, Wife/Married/65y/born Leiston)

The 1891 Census also lists Ann Brighton (Grocer, Turnpike Rd., Head/Widow/59y/born North Lopham, Norfolk) with Ethel A Hartley(Scholar, Turnpike Rd., Granddaughter/-/5y/bo…


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