Great Bentley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629; 1800

Nonconformists include: Society of Friends/Quaker and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BENTLEY (Great), a village and a parish in Tendring district, Essex. The village stands near the Tendring Hundred railway, 8 miles SE by E of Colchester; and has a post-office under Colchester, a railway station, and an annual fair. The parish comprises 3,188 acres. Real property, £5,380. Pop., 1,033. Houses, 235. The property is subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £360. Patron, the Bishop of Rochester. The church is very good; and there are a Wesleyan chapel and a national school.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BENTLEY, GREAT (St. Mary), a parish, in the union and hundred of Tendring, N. division of Essex, 8 miles (E. S. E.) from Colchester; containing 1005 inhabitants. This parish, which on the west is bounded by a small creek flowing into the river Colne, is about eleven miles in circumference; the surface is diversified with hill and valleys, and the general scenery is cheerful. Fairs are held on the Monday after Trinity-Monday, for cattle; the last Friday in Sept., for sheep; and the Monday after St. Swithin’s-day. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £7, and in the patronage of the Bishop of London: the impropriate tithes, belonging to the landowners, have been commuted for £674, and the vicarial for £250; the glebe consists of 13 acres. A rent-charge of £59 is also paid to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. The church, beautifully situated near a pleasant green, is a spacious and venerable structure, in the Norman style. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans; and a school is endowed with about £15 per annum.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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England, Essex, Great Bentley – Cemeteries ( 1 )
St. Mary the Virgin, Great Bentley, monumental inscriptions : grid reference 109/217
Author: Jones, Charles

England, Essex, Great Bentley – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Great Bentley, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

England, Essex, Great Bentley – Church records ( 5 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Great Bentley, 1629
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Bentley (Essex)

Bishop’s transcripts for Great Bentley, 1800-1877
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Bentley (Essex)

Great Bentley, Great Bromley, Little Bentley & Little Bromley parish registers indexes and transcripts 1813-1851
Author: Essex Society for Family History

Parish registers for Great Bentley, 1558-1968
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Bentley (Essex); Essex Record Office

Tithes, vestry and overseers records, 1569-1913
Author: Great Bentley (Essex); Church of England. Parish Church of Great Bentley (Essex)

England, Essex, Great Bentley – Church records – Indexes ( 2 )
Computer printout of Great Bentley, Essex, Eng

Parish register printouts of Great Bentley, Essex, England ; christenings, 1557-1677
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

England, Essex, Great Bentley – History ( 1 )
Glimpses of Great Bentley in the past : notes on its history, civil and religious, its old customs and folk lore, interspersed with original verses
Author: Sizer, Kate Thompson

England, Essex, Great Bentley – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Tithes, vestry and overseers records, 1569-1913
Author: Great Bentley (Essex); Church of England. Parish Church of Great Bentley (Essex)

England, Essex, Great Bentley – Public records ( 1 )
Tithes, vestry and overseers records, 1569-1913
Author: Great Bentley (Essex); Church of England. Parish Church of Great Bentley (Essex)

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Administration

  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Tendring
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 – Tendring, Post-1846 – St Osyth
  • Poor Law Union: Tendring
  • Hundred: Tendring
  • Province: Canterbury

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