Bentley, Suffolk

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St Mary Bentley (geograph 3680096).jpg
St Mary's parish church
Bentley is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population776 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceTM1136
Civil parish
  • Bentley
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townIpswich
Postcode districtIP9
Dialling code01473
AmbulanceEast of England
WebsiteBentley Village in Suffolk
List of places
51°59′28″N 1°04′08″E / 51.991°N 1.069°E / 51.991; 1.069Coordinates: 51°59′28″N 1°04′08″E / 51.991°N 1.069°E / 51.991; 1.069

Bentley is a village and civil parish in the Babergh district of Suffolk, England, about 6 miles (10 km) southwest of Ipswich. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 776.[1]

Bentley has a Church of England parish church,[2] a Reformed Baptist church,[3] a Church of England primary school,[4] a pub,[5] a Village Hall[6] and a riding school.[7] A community owned village shop opened in the summer of 2016.[8]

Bentley has a parish council.[9] It has also a forum called Bentley Free Speech [10] that comments on matters relating to the parish council and other village issues. There also an alternative news site called Bentley News [11] which is managed by a local resident.

The Eastern Union Railway was built through the parish and opened on 15 July 1846. Bentley railway station was about 12 mile (800 m) east of the village, and served the area until British Railways closed it in 1966. The station was a junction between 1847 and 1965 for the Hadleigh branch line.[12] The branch line also had a short-lived station called Bentley Church (1847-1853).[13][14]

The main line railway is now (2016) known as the Great Eastern Main Line.


  1. ^ "Area: Bentley (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  2. ^ Archbishops' Council (2015). "St Mary Bentley, Bentley". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  3. ^ Bentley Reformed Baptist Church
  4. ^ Bentley CEVC Primary School
  5. ^ The Case is Altered
  6. ^ Bentley Village Hall (Suffolk) is the main Hub of the village activities
  7. ^ Bentley Riding School
  8. ^ Bentley Stores
  9. ^ Bentley Parish Council
  10. ^ [ Bentley Free Speech]
  11. ^ Bentley News
  12. ^ Mitchell, Vic (June 2011). Branch Lines to Harwich and Hadleigh. Midhurst: Middleton Press. Historical Background. ISBN 978 1 908174 02 4.
  13. ^ Richard S, Joby (January 2000). "Brassey, Bruff, Locke and the Norwich Extension". Great Eastern Journal. 101: 26.
  14. ^ Moffat, Hugh (1987). East Anglia's first railways. Lavenham: Terence Dalton Limited. pp. 176–180. ISBN 0 86138 038 X.

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