Little Bentley

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Little Bentley
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Little Bentley is located in Essex
Little Bentley
Little Bentley
Location within Essex
Population271 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTM117257
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townColchester
Postcode districtCO7
List of places
51°53′23″N 1°04′30″E / 51.88963°N 1.07503°E / 51.88963; 1.07503Coordinates: 51°53′23″N 1°04′30″E / 51.88963°N 1.07503°E / 51.88963; 1.07503

Little Bentley is a village and civil parish in the Tendring district of Essex, England. It sits on rising ground just to the west of the Holland Brook.

In the Second World War troops and Commandoes sometimes encamped locally, and there was a control post for the anti-aircraft guns around the nearby Gt Bromley radar station. A number of Allied aircraft force-landed in the large field south of the Church, including an American B17 bomber. Several V1 flying bombs also hit the parish.[citation needed]

The Hall, south west of the Church, was once a larger building. It has a large game wood, made up mainly of coppiced chestnut trees. The Hall is nowadays noted for its annual garden show, making use of water features fed by streams from the wood.[citation needed]

In the hamlet of Ravens' Green, 2 miles from the village centre, is a large house formerly known as "the Gamekeepers", for many decades a pub.[citation needed]

Little Bentley is also the home of the Little Bentley Park Polo Club.

St Mary the Virgin church[edit]

Church of St Mary

The church is dedicated to Saint Mary.[2] The living is in the gift of Balliol College.[3] The Church is mainly 13th century on the north side, and 17th on the south. It has a 60-foot medieval tower with ancient bells.

The nave roof is original medieval timber, and features rows of beams carved into angels, but with heads cut off during the Civil War by Puritan iconoclasts led by William Dowsing. The east end has three stained glass lancet windows, and between chancel and nave a small door and features in the walls indicate the position of a pre-Reformation rood screen. A large royal arms, painted on a diamond-shape timber board, and a 16th-century helmet, are among contents which were stolen – or removed because of the risk of theft – in the 1970s.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ "St Mary the Virgin". A church near you. The Church of England. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  3. ^ Sander, Anna (2013). "Ecclesiastical Patronage". Balliol College Archives & Manuscripts. Retrieved 4 October 2013.

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